According to the National Institutes of Health the following medical criteria need to be met to be considered a candidate for weight loss surgery:
- A person must be a minimum of 100 pounds overweight or has a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40. -OR-
- A person with a BMI of 35 with serious health problems caused by being overweight (sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or diabetes). -AND-
- A person who has tried medically supervised dieting to try to lose weight, but has been unsuccessful at keeping it off. -AND-
- A weight loss surgeon determines you are at low risk for obesity surgery.
When you have completed all of the required appointments and we have received all of the necessary test results and written materials required by your insurance company. Our office calls you when your papers are sent to your insurance company.
Surgery is scheduled when we receive approval from your insurance company. This length of time varies between insurance companies. In general, most insurance companies require 30 business days to complete a medical review and make a determination.