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Am I a Candidate?

Understanding bariatric surgery and whether it’s right for you.

The Bariatric Surgery Center at Rochester General Health System is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Learn more...

Center of Excellence seal - Bariatric Surgery

Our team uses guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is usually recommended for people who:

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • Have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea
Other qualifying factors may include: 
  • History of documented dietary weight loss attempts
  • Lifelong commitment to dietary, exercise and medical guidelines, and follow-up care
  • Psychological evaluation
Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is not an immediate fix. It's a positive, ongoing process of change and is meant to help you lose excess body weight, improve or resolve other life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and sleep apnea, and maintain a new, healthy body weight.   

Our bariatric team will provide you with ongoing support and determine: 
  • If weight loss surgery is the right treatment for you
  • Which type of procedure is best for you
  • If you are mentally and emotionally prepared to make long-term lifestyle changes
  • That you have, or will have, the necessary support system

We will also perform a thorough assessment of your health, which may include the following:

  • An application that describes your health and weight loss history
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical exam
  • Routine tests
  • Calculation of your BMI
  • Examination of any obesity-related health conditions you may have (i.e., diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc.)

Following your assessment, if our bariatric team determines that surgery is right for you, you will be asked to attend one of our free informational seminars before your surgery is scheduled. Often, our surgeons will also ask that you attend a support group meeting to build a support system before, during and after your surgery.