The main criteria used for determining eligibility for weight loss surgery is called Body Mass Index or BMI. You can calculate your BMI by using a BMI table .
In order to qualify for weight loss surgery, you must have a BMI of 40 or higher (or approximately 100 pounds overweight). If you have a BMI of 35 AND medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea you may also be eligible for weight loss surgery. Individuals with a BMI of less than 35 do not qualify for either type of weight loss surgery at Maine Medical Center.
Unsuccessful Weight loss Attempts
Weight loss surgery should be considered a last resort for patients looking to lose weight. We require that you have tried to lose weight in the past and have been unsuccessful at keeping it off.