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Weight Management & Surgery

Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton

 
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Who is a Candidate? 

Although there are some exceptions, the following criteria must be met before a candidate is accepted for surgery into Baylor Carrollton's Weight Loss Surgery Program.

  • Candidate must be at least 100 pounds over the ideal body weight.
  • Candidate's age must be at least 18 years.
  • Candidate must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above in most cases. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is an estimate of your body fat, based on your height and weight. Use our BMI calculator link on the right to find out about yours.
  • Candidate has a BMI between 35 and 40 and has additional medical conditions (co-morbidities) such as: hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, pulmonary function abnormalities, gallbladder disease, hiatal hernia, GERD, chronic lower back pain, osteoarthritis or other medical conditions which may be alleviated by weight loss.
  • Candidate must have attempted weight loss using other methods. These attempts must include diets that were nutritionally and medically sound.
  • Candidate must demonstrate a willingness to make the necessary changes in eating habits and express motivation towards weight loss.

Candidate must not have medical conditions which would make surgery or anesthesia unduly hazardous.