Qualifying 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.

Are You A Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

To help determine who is a good candidate for bariatric (weight loss) surgery at UPMC, we use the following guidelines for the surgical treatment of severe obesity from the National Institutes of Health:

Criteria Details
  • Typically, between 14 and 75 years old.
  • History of multiple failed attempts with diet plans, behavioral changes, and medical therapy.
  • Presence of realistic expectations and motivation.
  • Ability to understand the procedure and its implications, and to accept the operative risks.
  • Commitment to following the post-surgery diet, vitamin supplementation, exercise program, and follow-up necessary for health and weight maintenance.

Improving Your Health if You Don't Qualify for Bariatric Surgery

At UPMC's Bariatric Surgery Center, we understand the toll that obesity takes on your quality of life.

While not everyone is an ideal bariatric surgery candidate, we can still help you reach a healthy state through:

Your Decision: Other Things to Consider About Bariatric Surgery

Qualifying for bariatric surgery is only the first step. 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 bariatric 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.

Did you know?

You can find out more about the factors that make a person a likely candidate for bariatric surgery at one of UPMC's free information sessions, where you'll learn about gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and lap band requirements from our knowledgeable weight loss team.

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