How do you qualify for surgery?
Qualifying for the surgery requires more than just having a way to pay for it. The standards for doctors to recommend the surgery are very strict. You must have had either a BMI of 40% for five consecutive years, or a BMI of 35% and a health condition that is complicated by the obesity. To roughly imagine this range of BMI (body mass index), it is typically found in people that are 100 pounds over their ideal weight. Many states also stipulate that you have a proven history of trying other weight loss methods and most hospitals require that you lose 30 or more pounds before the surgery using a medically supervised program. The weight loss requirement is becoming increasingly controversial as more recognition is given to weight gain that is a result of conditions beyond the patient’s control