Am I a Candidate?
Whether through our state-of-the-art metabolic and bariatric surgery options or our medical weight management program, Overlake has the tools to help you reach your ideal weight. When deciding which option is best for you, start by learning about body mass index (BMI), and calculating your measurement. After you've calculated your BMI, use the chart below to identify which option(s) best fit your weight loss goals.
What Is the Body Mass Index (BMI)?
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. BMI does not differentiate between body fat and muscle mass. Therefore, body builders and people who have a lot of muscle bulk will have a high BMI, but they are not overweight or obese.
Fat predominantly distributed around the waist is also a risk factor for health complications such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Fat predominantly deposited around the hips and buttocks does not have this same risk.
Calculate Your BMI
Body mass index (BMI) is a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI is a simple way to screen for weight category: underweight, normal or healthy weight, overweight and obesity.
Medical Weight Management Guidelines
Medical weight management is an effective option for people of any size who have a weight-related health issue and for those who are obese but either do not wish to undergo surgery or do not qualify for it. Through lifestyle modification, physical activity and behavior modification, we will work with you to create a personalized plan that will improve your overall health and well-being. Learn more about our comprehensive medical weight management program.
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Guidelines
The surgeons with Overlake’s comprehensive weight loss surgery program perform the most common types of surgeries: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric band conversion.
All procedures are performed laparoscopically, a minimally invasive surgery technique in which the surgeon makes small “keyhole” incisions. These procedures may also be performed using the daVinci robotic-assisted system.
Determining the best surgical option for a patient is dependent on how much weight they need to lose, along with the patient’s individual medical conditions and goals. All surgical procedures performed at Overlake reduce baseline hunger so the patient is satisfied with a small, healthy meal. Some of the operations have an immediate effect on diabetes, leading to decreased usage of insulin or oral medications within days after surgery.
Patient selection for metabolic and bariatric surgery is based on the National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines. Individuals are considered candidates for surgery if they meet the following criteria:
- Body mass index (BMI) is equal to or greater than 40 kg/m² or if BMI is greater than 35 kg/m² with an obesity-related health problem.
- Have attempted and failed non-surgical weight-loss.
- Be well informed and motivated.
- Understand risks, benefits and long-term consequences of surgery.
- Be psychologically stable.
- No existing medical conditions which may affect likely survival from surgery.
Visit the metabolic and bariatric surgery page for more information.