Gastric Sleeve Candidacy

During your initial consultation, our TLC weight loss surgeons will talk with you about your ultimate goals and help you determine if you are candidate for gastric sleeve surgery. At Texas Laparoscopic Associates, the criteria for eligible weight loss surgery candidates are in line with those set by the National Institutes of Health. Candidacy requirements for bariatric surgery include:

  • A Body Mass Index of 40 or more
  • A Body Mass Index higher than 35 with the presence of co-morbid conditions
  • A willingness to exercise and make other permanent changes to your lifestyle
  • Must be willing to complete the treatment and all long-term follow-up required
  • No presence of untreated significant psychiatric illnesses
  • Complete understanding of the process of the surgical procedure, the potential complications that can occur, and the changes associated with the procedure
  • Complete understanding of the process of the surgical procedure, the potential complications that can occur and the changes associated with the procedure.
  • Acceptance that, if you are a smoker, you must stop smoking at least for one month before and one month after the procedure
  • Proof that attempts at non-surgical weight loss options have occurred and failed
  • Acceptably low risks both medically and operatively

BMI (Body Mass Index) Calculator

The body mass index (BMI) takes into account your height and weight to measure the amount of body fat. This calculator applies to adult men and adult women only:

BMI Calculator

Results:

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 & Above Obese