Our patient selection process is based on the National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria, as follows:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater or 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight
  • BMI of 30 or greater with one or more obesity-related health conditions such as Type 2 DM (Diabetes Mellitus), obstructive sleep apnea, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, GERD, or venous stasis disease. 

To ensure the safety and long term success of each patient, we also consider a variety of other factors including: weight-loss history, age, prior surgeries, smoking habits, psychological evaluation, as well as lifelong commitment to dietary, exercise, medical guidelines, and follow-up care. Bariatric surgeons at Baylor St. Luke’s also specialize in robotic-assisted procedures and provide care for transplant patients requiring bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery is a serious decision that requires careful consideration of pre- and post-operative requirements, and a commitment by the patient to permanent lifestyle changes.

Learn more about Bariatric and Gastric Bypass Surgery including details about before and after surgery, why the surgery is performed, and risks.

Body Mass Index Calculator