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Requirements for Weight Loss Surgery

The preferred surgeon network of Tijuana Bariatric Center in Tijuana, Mexico, can help determine if you meet the requirements for weight loss surgery. Candidacy is primarily determined by your weight and any health conditions that have developed as a result of obesity. The doctors make safety their first priority, and will only recommend bariatric surgery if they determine it is in your best interest. In general, if you are over 18 and are more than 100 pounds over your ideal weight, bariatric surgery may be right for you. In some cases, bariatric surgery can benefit senior patients and adolescents as well.

Determining Your Candidacy

Bariatric surgery has helped thousands of patients achieve improved health, in addition to a renewed sense of self-confidence. Patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, and other conditions relating to obesity can experience significant benefits by undergoing the procedure. However, to ensure optimal safety, patients must meet a number of qualifications before they undergo a weight loss surgery. Candidates must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 65, although surgery is appropriate for adolescents in some cases
  • Be more than 100 pounds over ideal weight for age and height
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 if they have health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Have been unable to lose weight and achieve a healthy weight for any sustained period of time
  • Not be dependent on drugs and alcohol
  • Be committed to making healthy lifestyle changes, which include following proper nutritional guidelines and exercise programs.
  • Have realistic goals about the outcome of the procedure

During your evaluation prior to traveling to Mexico, the team at Tijuana Bariatrics Center, along with a surgeon within the network, will verify these qualifications along with other specific factors. 

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Your candidacy will be thoroughly evaluated before surgery is recommended.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Before you decide to undergo weight loss surgery, it is important to ask yourself a few important questions:

Have I tried various nonsurgical approaches such as a change in my diet, additional exercise, and other lifestyle changes?

Do I have a clear understanding of what is involved with the surgery and the recovery process?

Am I committed to changing my eating habits, increasing my physical activity, and following up with my doctor after the procedure?

Do I understand the process of traveling to Mexico for the procedure and part of my recovery?

Patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, and other conditions relating to obesity can experience significant benefits by undergoing weight loss surgery.

Contact Us to Verify Your Candidacy

The best way to determine if weight loss surgery is right for you is to contact Tijuana Bariatrics Center and schedule an evaluation. Since each patient is different and may have different health concerns or goals, they are individually examined to determine their candidacy. Surgery is only recommended if it is determined to be entirely safe and beneficial for you. If you are approved, we can help you weigh gastric bypass surgery vs. gastric sleeve and other options. To learn more, please reach out online or call (877) 218-3516.

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