These guidelines use your Body Mass Index (BMI) and your medical history to determine your eligibility. BMI correlates your weight to your height (you can determine yours, using our calculator below). Although final recommendations can only be made after speaking with a weight loss surgeon in our 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, you may be a candidate for a weight loss balloon like Orbera or Obalon. The weight loss balloon is a non-surgical device that is placed in your stomach for 6 months.

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.

Weight Loss Surgery

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

If you have a BMI of 30 - 35 with at least one comorbidity 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 surgeons.

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Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Like with any medical condition, sometimes a single treatment is not enough. If you have regained weight after previous bariatric surgery or the intragastric 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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Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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Note: A BMI of 30 – 34.9 or BMI 35 – 39.9 with no comorbidities qualify for lap band but is usually not covered by insurance.

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