The minimum requirements to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery include:
- A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, OR
- A BMI between 30 and 39.9 with a serious obesity-related health problem like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, joint problems, and many others
However, protocols are a bit more stringent if you want insurance to pay, such as requiring a 35+ BMI and a completed medically supervised weight loss program.
Patients who qualify for gastric sleeve surgery usually:
- Are at least 80 lbs (36 kg) overweight
- Are between 18 and 75 years old
- Have a history of failed weight loss attempts (example: failed diets)
- Thoroughly understand that the procedure is just a tool; your long-term success requires you to make significant diet and lifestyle changes
Read the sections below to learn everything you need to know about qualifying for gastric sleeve surgery.
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Before and after weight loss success
Individual results may vary
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