If you are significantly overweight and want to make a lifestyle change, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.
Based on the latest research, the current criteria from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for weight loss surgery are as follows:
- Surgery is recommended for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) > 35
- Surgery is recommended for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI between 30-35 and who have Type II Diabetes
- Surgery should be considered for individuals with a Body Mass Index > 30 who do not achieve substantial or durable weight loss or co-morbidity improvement using non-surgical means
However, insurance coverage criteria will probably differ from this list and usually follow the older criteria of BMI > 40 or BMI from 35-40 with obesity-related medical conditions. We will help you find out if your insurance covers bariatric surgery and what their specific criteria are.