Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
If you need to lose more than 100 pounds and you've exhausted all other options, you could be a candidate for weight loss surgery at the UPMC Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.
Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery
To help determine good candidates for bariatric surgery at UPMC, we use the following guidelines for the surgical treatment of severe obesity from the National Institutes of Health:
Your Decision: Other Things to Consider About Bariatric Surgery
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is complex and intensely personal, with many factors to take into account.
A few things to consider include:
- Benefits versus risks — If you're not morbidly obese, the risks of bariatric surgery outweigh the benefits of weight loss.
- Finances and insurance — Many insurance carriers cover bariatric surgery. Check your plan for any coverage requirements and out-of-pocket expenses. Our staff can explain your financial obligations and answer any questions.
- Type of surgery — Your bariatric surgeon will work with you to determine the best procedure and treatment for you.
You're Not Alone
Over 28 percent of Pennsylvanians are obese. If you're ready to lose weight and find the new you, the UPMC bariatric surgery program can help.