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Am I a Candidate?

In order to be a candidate for weight loss surgery, you must first meet all the following criteria:

  • Body mass index (BMI) falling in one of these categories:
    • BMI of 40 kg/m2 or higher, or
    • BMI between 35 and 39.9 kg/m2 with significant obesity-related co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or heart disease.

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  • Failure of more conservative weight reduction alternatives such as supervised diet, medications, exercise, and behavior-modification programs.
  • Age over 18 years.
  • Upper weight limit of 400 lbs.
  • Absence of previous major surgery on the stomach or esophagus.
  • Absence of severe mental health illnesses.
  • Knowledge and understanding of surgical risks and reasonable weight loss expectations.
  • Motivation and commitment to diet and life-long follow-up.
  • Compliance with treatments, preoperative diet and evaluations.

Patients who meet the initial weight loss surgery criteria are evaluated on an individual basis by the surgeon and the members of the bariatric surgery team. Patients must be found to be acceptable candidates based upon all the completed evaluations before being cleared for bariatric surgery.

BMI Classification Level of Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5-24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25-29.9 Overweight Increased
30-24.9 Obese High
35-39.9 Severly Obese Very High
40 and over Morbidly Obese Extremely High
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Surgical Specialists

Weight Loss Surgery Seminars

Informational seminars are routinely held every month at the Hospital. Attendance at the seminars is free but registration is required as seating is limited. To register, CLICK HERE or call 703.717.4250.
  • Location

    Virginia Hospital Center John T. Hazel MD Conference Center
    1701 N. George Mason Drive Arlington, Virginia
  • Time

    Saturdays
    10:00am - 11:30am

    Thursdays
    6:00pm - 7:30pm

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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