Bariatric surgery has successfully helped many morbidly obese patients finally lose the weight. However, bariatric surgery is not for everyone.
The Yale Bariatric Surgery Program adheres to the National Institutes of Health guidelines to determine if an individual is a candidate for bariatric surgery. The most likely candidates for weight-loss surgery will have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. On average, this group includes women who are approximately 80 pounds overweight or men who are approximately 100 pounds overweight. Bariatric procedures may also be considered for individuals who suffer from sleep apnea, diabetes, or hypertension and have a BMI of 35 or higher.
In addition to BMI requirements, all candidates must meet strict physical and psychological criteria before weight-loss surgery will be considered.
Our surgeons have extensive experience in treating patients who are extremely obese using the most advanced, minimally invasive bariatric procedures. Our laparoscopic bariatric surgeries include LAP-BAND ® surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. On average, our patients recover more quickly than patients who have undergone open bariatric surgery.