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Eligibility for Weight-Loss Surgery


At the Memorial Weight-Loss Surgery Program, we can help you determine whether weight-loss surgery is the right option for you. The following are general guidelines that help bariatric surgeons determine whether a patient is eligible for weight-loss surgery.

General Guidelines

  • Age 18 or older
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 40, or BMI of 35 to 40 with other significant medical conditions
  • Failure to lose weight with physician-guided diets and exercise regimens
  • Absence of medical problems that might make surgery unsafe

Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

To find out your BMI, enter your height and weight in the BMI Calculator below:

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