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Qualifying for Bariatric Surgery

If you need to lose more than 100 pounds and you've exhausted all other options, you could be a candidate for weight loss surgery at UPMC Bariatric Services.

Are You A Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

To help determine who is a good candidate for bariatric (weight loss) surgery at UPMC, we use the following guidelines for the surgical treatment of severe obesity from the National Institutes of Health:

Improving Your Health if You Don't Qualify for Bariatric Surgery

At UPMC's Bariatric Surgery Center, we understand the toll that obesity takes on your quality of life.

While not everyone is an ideal bariatric surgery candidate, we can still help you reach a healthy state through:

Your Decision: Other Things to Consider About Bariatric Surgery

Qualifying for bariatric surgery is only the first step. The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is complex and intensely personal, with many factors to take into account.

A few things to consider include:

  • Benefits versus risks — If you're not morbidly obese, the risks of bariatric surgery outweigh the benefits of weight loss.
  • Finances and insurance — Many insurance carriers cover bariatric surgery. Check your plan for any coverage requirements and out-of-pocket expenses. Our staff can explain your financial obligations and answer any questions.
  • Type of bariatric surgery — Your bariatric surgeon will work with you to determine the best procedure and treatment for you.

You're Not Alone

Over 28 percent of Pennsylvanians are obese. If you're ready to lose weight and find the new you, UPMC bariatric services can help.