Qualifying for Surgery
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the preferred way to determine how much an adult should weigh based on calculations involving height and weight. National Institutes of Health (NIH) research shows that a BMI between 20.0 and 24.9 is associated with the lowest risk of death in healthy, non-smoking adults.
BMI is a tool used to determine if surgical weight loss is an option. Surgical weight loss is available for people who have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or those who have a BMI over 35 and have medical problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea and more.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved gastric banding surgery for people who have a BMI of 30 to 34.9 with at least one obesity-related condition.
People who have obesity-related problems that interfere significantly with work, family life or basic walking also may be eligible.