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Am I a Candidate? Calculate your BMI to Find Out.

Weight loss surgery can bring some life changing results, but it’s a major operation, and not for everyone nor will everyone qualify.
Male Female
BMIClassificationHealth Risk
Under 18.5UnderweightMinimal
18.5 - 24.9Normal WeightMinimal
25 - 29.9OverweightIncreased
30 - 34.9ObeseHigh
35 - 39.9Severely ObeseVery High
40+Morbidly ObeseExtremely High

If your BMI was higher than 30, you may be an eligible
candidate for weight loss surgery.

In general, weight loss surgery is reserved for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 35-or-higher who are experiencing weight-related health problems. Your BMI is the ratio of weight to height, and corresponds to risk calculations of obesity. BMI is not a perfect calculation; however, most insurance companies use it to help determine if they will approve patients for weight loss surgery.

Qualifying for insurance coverage varies by insurance company. You may need to start with a medically supervised weight loss plan if your insurance requires it. We can work together to determine your particular situation. Please give us a call if you ever have any questions: 866-433-8558. 

Once we start your program, you may need to make pre-operative changes to become a better candidate for surgery and increase you chance for success. For example, if you are currently a smoker or consume large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis, we recommend that you stop these habits as they are risk factors for complications after surgery. These habits may also prevent you from being a candidate for surgery. Our comprehensive medical team is here to assist you in your behavior changes.

Three Things You Can Do

  • Learn as much as you can about bariatric surgery. The better you understand the risks, benefits, others’ experiences, and cost of surgery, the better you’ll be able to make the right choice.
  • Research your payment options, including self-pay. Ask your insurance provider if bariatric surgery is covered. If so, to what capacity does it cover?
  • Attend one of our free bariatric seminars (in-person or online) to learn more about our program.
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About Fresno Bariatrics

Fresno Bariatrics, located in Fresno, California, is one of the most experienced weight loss surgery programs in the country. On both the state and national levels, we are a step above most other weight loss surgery programs. Our superb clinical outcomes have earned HealthGrades' five-star ratings and a Bariatric Excellence Award™ 6 years in a row, putting our program in the top five of all California hospitals.

Our team of bariatric surgeons, nurses, and life coaches are eager to help you through a personalized weight loss surgery program with long-term results. We've helped thousands of people reverse obesity with the assistance of LAP-BAND, Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) and Revision Weight-Loss Surgery procedures.

Our world-class bariatric surgeons are board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and are members of the American College of Surgeons.

Contact Us

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
15 E Audubon Drive
Fresno, CA, 93720

(866) 433-8558