Carolinas HealthCare System

Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

To be considered for bariatric surgery, you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are between the ages of 18 and 70 years of age (in most cases)
  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of over 35
  • You are currently experiencing severe negative health effects (such as high blood pressure or diabetes) related to being severely overweight
  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight, even through medically-supervised dieting
  • You are highly-motivated to make an important lifestyle change

We invite you to attend our free information session and learn more about bariatric surgery.

Your Body Mass Index Classification Your Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5 - 24.9 Normal weight Minimal
25 - 29.9 Overweight Increased
30 - 34.9 Obese High
35 - 39.9 Severely Obese Very high
40 and over Morbidly Obese Extremely high
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