COVID-19 Update: Our Practice is Open

Learn More Appointments Online Seminar

Do I Qualify for Bariatric Surgery?

Do you know your BMI? To see if you might be a good candidate for bariatric surgery, type in your height and weight and check your BMI (Body Mass Index) with our helpful BMI Calculator located on the left side of this page.

Do You Know Your BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a ratio of weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. This is the acceptable standard for classifying obesity. A BMI of 30 or greater meets criteria for  some weight loss surgery procedures. With a BMI of 35 – 40, many insurance companies will look for at least one serious medical condition related to your weight. A BMI of 40 or greater is often enough to gain bariatric surgery coverage through your insurance. The major weight related, or comorbid, conditions that lead to bariatric surgery coverage are:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Severe Arthritis

Enter your height in feet and inches (Example:5 foot 3 inches) and your weight in pounds into the BMI Calculator to the left. Press the calculate button to determine your BMI.

A BMI of 30 or greater meets clinical criteria for bariatric surgery.

A BMI of 35 – 40 must be associated with at least one serious medical condition like Diabetes, Sleep Apnea or High Blood Pressure for the sleeve of gastric bypass.

A BMI of 40+ does not typically require an associated medical condition for bariatric surgery insurance coverage.

If you think you qualify, we invite you to take the next step on our Getting Started page.


More Resources

Explore Bariatric Surgery

Our office (and staff) have donated more than $70,000 per year
from 2014-2018 to worthwhile charitable organizations. We care about our community!