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How Do You Qualify for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is the most common bariatric procedure performed today. It is widely accepted as an effective treatment option for obesity and highly regarded as a powerful weight-loss tool. However, not all obese patients are eligible for a laparoscopic gastric sleeve. You have to fulfill some criteria before your bariatric surgeon approves you for this type of operation.

Here are the general guidelines to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery:


  • You’re an obese adult aged between 18 and 70 years old (some pediatric patients are eligible for bariatric surgery).

  • You have a body mass index or BMI that’s higher than 40. Or, your BMI is higher than 35 with weight-related comorbidity. These include hypertension, diabetes, respiratory problems, and heart disease, among others.

  • You don’t drink alcohol excessively.

  • You’ve tried traditional weight loss methods, such as adjusting your eating habits and adding an exercise program to your routine, but you weren’t able to sustain a healthy weight loss for some time despite your attempts.

  • You’re capable and ready to commit to long-term life changes.

  • You know the risks and benefits of the surgery.

  • You can handle the physical stress of the surgery.

  • You are willing to follow your bariatric surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including any dietary changes and exercise programs you must maintain. This way, you can achieve your weight-loss goals.

  • You accept that the procedure is not a quick fix. You have the right attitude toward food and exercise and are prepared to dedicate yourself to a healthier and active lifestyle.


The medical community has standardized the requirements for the surgery. But each patient varies, and individual factors can make a difference. If the information mentioned above applies to you, then you may be eligible to undergo the procedure. You should next plan to visit a bariatric surgeon, like Dr. Thompson at Clarity Surgical and Weight Loss Solutions, for an initial consultation to confirm that you meet the requirements. Dr. Thompson will determine your candidacy using defined parameters.


Why Consider Gastric Sleeve Surgery


Laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is a tried and true method of losing weight and maintaining weight loss. In comparison to other laparoscopic alternatives, it has the lowest risk profile. Besides, this type of bariatric surgery offers much of the same weight-loss effect. It is also closely comparable when it comes to targeting the issues associated with obesity.


Meeting the criteria to qualify for the procedure is critical for your own safety and the overall success of the operation. Any bariatric surgery is major surgery. Since not everyone can be a solid candidate for gastric sleeve surgery, you need to consult a bariatric surgeon who can educate you about the prerequisites for the surgery.


At Clarity Surgical and Weight Loss Solutions, we can assess your condition and provide you with a clear medical recommendation.


Find out if you are a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery, contact Clarity Surgical and Weight Loss Solutions in New York at (516) 259-2525.