Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Many people who are suffering from obesity do not know that weight loss surgery can be an effective treatment, not only for obesity but for associated conditions as well.

Am I a Candidate?

Obesity is measured by a scale called Body Mass Index (BMI).  Your BMI is a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height.  To qualify for weight loss surgery, your BMI must be 40 or greater. 

An individual with a BMI of 35-39 with at least one obesity-related health issue such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heartburn, or high cholesterol may also qualify for surgery.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of total body fat. A person is considered to be obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight.

Science of Obesity

Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern.  It is a medical problem that increases your risk of other diseases and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. Contributing factors to obesity include genetics, metabolism, behavior, environment, and economic status.

We’re Here For You

At Midlands Clinic, we understand the issues that stem from obesity, from a lack of mobility to a lower quality of life. Our goal is not only to help our patients lose a significant amount of weight but to improve their quality of life while positively impacting their health and wellness.

If you have any questions, or would just like more information about this program, please contact our Bariatric Coordinator, Heather, at (605) 217-5511. You can also reach Heather by email: hgarlinghouse@midlandsclinic.com.