Bariatric Surgery Program

Surgical Candidacy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established a guideline for physicians in evaluating the necessity for bariatric surgery.

The NIH standards for bariatric surgery state that the candidate should express the following:

  • Be approximately 100 or more pounds over ideal body weight
  • Possess a body mass index (BMI; use the CDC's BMI calculator) greater than 40, or a BMI greater than 35 when pre-existing co-morbidities such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea or hypertension are present
  • Show weight-induced problems and restrictions in mobility, work and performance of family responsibilities

St. Joseph Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Program surgical prerequisites include the following:

  • The patient must be between the ages of 18 and 65 years
  • No history of drug or alcohol abuse within the past three years
  • Nonsmoker
  • The patient must undergo an internal medical evaluation and work-up to ensure the patient is in the best possible condition prior to surgery
  • The patient must undergo a psychiatric evaluation for stability and demonstrate a clear understanding of the procedure, responsibilities, reasonable outcomes and post-surgical expectations and guidelines
  • The patient must undergo a series of dietary education classes and complete all classes prior to surgery date
  • Patient must demonstrate a commitment and readiness for a lifestyle change by modifying behavior and eating habits to ensure successful, long-term weight loss
  • He or she must be willing to fully participate in our multidisciplinary bariatric program
  • Patient must agree to follow up with their bariatric surgeon for a minimum of five years after weight loss surgery