Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Not everyone who is overweight or obese is a candidate for bariatric surgery, but it may be right for some. The National Institutes of Health recommends weight loss surgery if you are 100 pounds above your ideal body weight, or have a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 40, or a BMI over 35 with obesity-related illnesses such as sleep apnea, diabetes, or hypertension (high blood pressure).
Use the BMI Calculator to help determine if you qualify.
Insurance coverage depends on your insurance plan. Our coordinators can assist you with obtaining proper authorizations.
Recovery and time off of work will depend on the type of weight loss surgery you have. Plan to take about, four weeks, depending on the type of work you do.
The amount of weight you lose and the rate at which you lose it depends on many factors:
- Your age
- The type of bariatric procedure
- Starting body mass index
- How you make the lifestyle changes necessary for success
Come visit one of our FREE Information Sessions. They are held monthly at our Chelmsford and North Andover locations, and are available in Spanish.