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How much do you have to weigh for weight loss surgery?

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In brief: Depends

Body mass index(bmi) is typically referenced to determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery.
Insurances require a min bmi of 35-40 with medical conditions or >40.If financing the procedure yourself, bmis as low as 30, especially if the patient has developed medical problems such as diabetes or htn.Some patients have even had a lap-band for bmis as low as 28 or 29. Surgery should be last resort.

In brief: Depends

Body mass index(bmi) is typically referenced to determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery.
Insurances require a min bmi of 35-40 with medical conditions or >40.If financing the procedure yourself, bmis as low as 30, especially if the patient has developed medical problems such as diabetes or htn.Some patients have even had a lap-band for bmis as low as 28 or 29. Surgery should be last resort.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: BMI > 40

Body mass index of >40 or BMI > 35 with co-morbidities, double your ideal bmi, or 100 pounds above ideal bmi.
I have seen patients who are above 350 pounds have been asked to wait until they reach a goal of 350 pounds - so check with yur surgeon for guidelines.

In brief: BMI > 40

Body mass index of >40 or BMI > 35 with co-morbidities, double your ideal bmi, or 100 pounds above ideal bmi.
I have seen patients who are above 350 pounds have been asked to wait until they reach a goal of 350 pounds - so check with yur surgeon for guidelines.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: Depends

It is based on your body mass index which can be googled to calculate.
A bmi of 35 with co morbidity or > 40 without.

In brief: Depends

It is based on your body mass index which can be googled to calculate.
A bmi of 35 with co morbidity or > 40 without.
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