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Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

At South Nassau’s Center for Weight and Life Management, we understand that making the commitment to have bariatric surgery is a big step. That’s why our dedicated team is with you every step of the way, from your initial consultation to your postsurgical care and beyond.

The decision to undergo bariatric surgery must ultimately be a commitment to healthy living. Success after surgery depends upon your commitment to proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

To be considered as a surgical candidate, individuals must meet the following criteria (subject to slight variation per surgical program):

  • Have a Body Mass Index of 40 or above OR have a Body Mass Index of 35-40 with significant associated health problems
  • Made serious past attempts to lose weight
  • Be between 18 and 70 years of age
  • Not suffer from any disease that may be causing excess weight
  • Have absence of drug, alcohol or emotional problems
  • Understand the surgery and associated risks
  • Not anticipate having a pregnancy in the first two years following surgery

The decision to have obesity surgery should not be taken lightly. There are risks involved in every type of weight loss surgery. The goal of this website is to provide you with information to determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. Whether or not surgery is right for you is a discussion you should have with your primary care physician, your family and your weight loss surgeon.

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