I will begin my journey to a happier, healthier me.

You are not alone in your struggle with obesity. Approximately 58 million suffer from the adverse health effects, the emotional turmoil and the social stigma associated with weighing 100 or more pounds over ideal body weight.

If you’ve struggled with obesity, you know that it affects a whole lot more than just your scale. Severe obesity may increase your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain forms of cancer

But losing the weight is often easier said than done. Fad diets. Magic pills. If you struggle with obesity, you’ve seen it all. Everything except results. Weight loss surgery can help you reach and maintain your goal weight, alleviate other health problems, and ultimately—change your life forever.

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

An important determining factor for weight loss surgery is your body mass index (BMI). It is a numerical expression of the ratio of our weight to your height. This number will determine if you are overweight and, if so, by how much. Your weight loss team will use your BMI and other factors to determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery and which option would best suit you.

You might be a candidate if:

  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or higher
  • Your BMI is over 35 and you have one or more obesity related conditions, or
  • You are 100 lbs over your ideal weight

Certain physical and emotional conditions can cause an elevated level of risk of complications. Every patient will undergo a series of physical tests to determine if they are a candidate for surgery. In addition, your team will examine your medical history to see if any past procedures or issues will elevate your risk.

The following tools may be helpful in helping you determine whether or not surgical weight loss is right for you.

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.





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Your BMI indicates your weight is in the underweight range. By gaining a few pounds, you may lower your chances of health problems.

Congratulations! Your BMI indicates that your weight is in the healthy range.

Your BMI indicates your weight is in the overweight range. To lower your chances of health problems, you may consider losing some weight.

Your BMI indicates your weight is in the obese range, which can have a significant impact on your health.

All information provided by this website is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a health care professional. No information provided in this site may be considered medical advice. The information may not be relevant for your individual situation and may be misinterpreted. HCA assumes no responsibility for how you use information obtained from this site. Before making any decisions regarding your health care, ask your personal physician.

Weight loss surgery assessment

Take our online health risk assessment to determine if weight loss surgery may be right for you based on factors such as your weight, health conditions, and quality of life.

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