The NIH (National Institute of Health) established the following criteria for surgical consideration:

  1. BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight.
  2. BMI ≥35 and at least two obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.

Weight Loss Surgery Candidate requirements by Houston Weight Loss Surgery Center guidelines include:

  1. Patient is at least 18 years old
  2. Patient has failed medically supervised attempts at weight loss.
  3. Patient understands bariatric surgery and its risks
  4. Patient commits to lifestyle changes before and after surgery
  5. Patient understands the basic concepts of healthy eating, grocery shopping and home cooking
  6. Patient understands that bariatric surgery and lifestyle changes go hand in hand in achieving permanent weight loss
  7. Patient is medically cleared for general anesthesia
  8. Patient is cleared by Houston Weight loss Surgery Center psychiatrist