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Bariatric Surgery Diagnosis

Are You a Candidate?

If you are significantly overweight and have tried everything to lose weight, bariatric surgery may be an appropriate option for you. Along with specific lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can help you to lose weight permanently and improve your health.

To be a Candidate, You Must Meet at Least One of the Following Criteria

  • You are at least 100 pounds overweight and have been unsuccessful at losing weight through diet, exercise and medication.
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or greater and you have been unsuccessful at losing weight through other methods.
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 35 or greater and you have a weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, arthritis or joint pain, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD), etc.
  • You are considered medically disabled because of your weight.
  • Your weight prevents you from doing routine daily tasks.

And You Must Meet all of the Following Criteria

  • You are an adult between the ages of 18 and 60, or have special considerations that may warrant surgery.
  • You do not suffer from an unstable or untreated psychological disorder.
  • You do not abuse alcohol.
  • You have not smoked or abused drugs within a year of your surgery.
  • You understand that bariatric surgery is a serious commitment that requires ongoing follow-up visits.
  • You are ready to make permanent lifestyle changes, including a restricted diet following surgery.

For more information on weight-loss surgery at Jefferson Health in New Jersey, or other bariatric services available, please call 856-346-6470.

Measure Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Your doctor may use your Body Mass Index (BMI) as a starting point to help determine if you are at risk for weight-related health problems. And it's also one of many important factors are considered during the qualification process for bariatric surgery.

Although it may sound technical, finding out your BMI is really quite easy. In fact, you could figure out your BMI right now. Simply input your height and weight (in pounds) into the calculator below. Remember, however, that BMI may not be relevant for everyone—including children, athletes, senior citizens, and pregnant women.

For more information on weight-loss surgery at Jefferson Health in New Jersey, or other bariatric services available, please call 856-346-6470.

 

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Insurance Considerations

Before you consider weight-loss surgery, it's important to make sure the procedure and the hospital you prefer are both covered by your insurance policy. And once you've determined coverage, you'll need to then obtain authorization from your insurance company for your specific procedure—an involved process that can take some time and effort.

The Jefferson Bariatric Surgery Program in New Jersey, is dedicated to helping you every step of the way on your journey to permanent weight loss and improved health. That starts with helping you to navigate the insurance process. We are happy to help walk you through the qualification process and answer any questions you may have.

For more information on weight-loss surgery at Jefferson Health in New Jersey, or other bariatric services available, please call 856-346-6470.