Bariatric surgery is the best tool that medicine has to offer individuals who are severely overweight, but it is not for everyone. There are several requirements one has to meet to be a candidate for surgery:

BMI of 40 or higher

People with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher are candidates for weight loss surgery. The BMI is a calculated measurement based on an individual’s height and weight.
(You may calculate your estimated BMI using the form below)

BMI of 35 of higher with medical co-morbidities

Individuals who have medical conditions related to their obesity may qualify for surgery if their body mass index is only 35. Some of these medical conditions, called co-morbidities, include type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.
(You may calculate your estimated BMI using the form below)

Failed Conservative Weight Loss Attempts

Weight loss surgery is a big step, and it should be considered only after traditional methods of weight loss have been tried.


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There is not necessarily an upper age limit for weight loss surgery candidates. The risks and benefits of having an operation will need to be considered on an individual basis by your surgeon. The youngest patients to be considered for surgery must be 18 years of age.
As a non-surgical option, we offer the gastric balloon for patients who have a BMI of 35. The gastric balloon can be utilized for a maximum of six months and is a weight loss option for patients who only need to lose fifty pounds.
The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Arkansas Heart Hospital offers an in-depth approach to weight loss. Our single goal is to improve the lives of patients through a combination of surgery, nutritional guidance, exercise programs, and psychological counseling. We want to help our patients not just lose the weight, but keep it off as well.
We are here to answer all of your questions and we invite you to watch an online seminar or register to attend a seminar in person.