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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