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Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

If you have been struggling to lose weight, a surgical or non-surgical procedure may be a good choice for you. Studies show that very few people are able to lose weight and keep it off. Bariatric surgery is the safest and most effective way to lose weight and improve health conditions associated with obesity. Although final recommendations can only be made after speaking with a weight loss surgeon in our New York offices, the general guidelines for being a candidate for a bariatric procedure are:

Weight Loss Balloon

If you are an adult with a BMI between 30 – 40, with at least one health condition related to obesity, you may be a candidate for a weight loss balloon like ReShape or Orbera. The weight loss balloon is a non-surgical device that is placed in your stomach for 6 months. You are not a candidate for the weight loss balloon if you have previously had bariatric surgery.

If you have a BMI of 30 - 35 with a medical problem related to obesity you may qualify for a Lap-Band.

Currently, insurance does not cover the weight loss balloon. If you would like to learn about this option, click here to read more, or contact New York Bariatric Group here.

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Weight Loss Surgery

Generally, bariatric surgeries like the Lap Band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass, are offered to patients who have a BMI over 40, with no related health conditions. In addition, patients who have a BMI over 35 combined with at least one comorbidity (including sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or osteoarthritis), are also good candidates for weight loss surgery.

If you have a BMI of 30 - 35 with a medical problem related to obesity you may qualify for a Lap-Band.

New York Bariatric Group treats adolescents who are obese too. The criteria for bariatric surgery for adolescents is somewhat different than the criteria for adults, so each case must be evaluated on an individual basis by one of our obesity surgeons.


Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Like with any medical condition, sometimes a single treatment is not enough. If you have regained weight after bariatric surgery or the weight loss balloon, you may be a candidate for a revisional procedure. Contact us if you are concerned about weight you have regained. Our weight loss surgeons are experienced in evaluating weight regain and recommending potential revisional treatments. We can help you get back on track.

Every situation is different, so the best way to decide if weight loss surgery or the weight loss balloon is a good option for you is to contact us and speak to an expert. We can help you understand the risks and benefits of each procedure, as well as what may work best for your needs.

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Our team is happy to speak with you and help you understand any of the treatments we offer, or answer any questions you have. Please call and speak with us at 800-633-8446, or read more about the surgical and non-surgical options we offer here.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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*Individual results may vary.

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