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Indications for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is typically reserved for those individuals 100 pounds or more overweight (Body Mass Index [BMI] of 40 or higher) who have not responded to other less invasive weight loss therapies such as diet, exercise, medications, etc.

In certain circumstances, less morbidly obese patients (with BMIs between 35 and 40) may be considered for Bariatric surgery (patients with high-risk co-morbid conditions and obesity-induced physical problems that are interfering with quality of life).

Important Considerations

Bariatric surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have evaluated all other options. The proper approach to Bariatric surgery requires discussion and careful consideration of the following with your physician: 

  • These weight loss procedures are in no way to be considered as cosmetic surgery. 
  • The surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or excision. 
  • A decision to elect surgical treatment requires an assessment of the risk and benefit to the patient and the meticulous performance of the appropriate surgical procedure. 
  • The success of bariatric surgery is dependent upon long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. 
  • Problems may arise after surgery that may require reoperations.

Success of surgical weight loss treatment must begin with realistic goals and progress through the best possible use of well-designed and tested operations.

For More Information

For more information, please call 574-523-3264 or toll free at 855-874-3BMI (3264).


FREE Bariatric Informational Seminars

Bariatric Surgeons Eric Knapp, DO and Luis A. Benavente, MD provide in-depth presentations on the latest weight-loss surgical techniques, including a review of the potential benefits and risks. A general discussion period will follow.

For more information, please call 574-523-3264 or toll free at 855-874-3BMI (3264).