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Qualifying for Weight Loss Surgery

Surgery is not for everyone. If your BMI is 35 or greater and you have a chronic disease related to weight, you may be a candidate. If your BMI is 40 or above, you may qualify for bariatric surgery without associated health problems. Click here to access a BMI calculator.

Your success also depends on behavior and lifestyle modifications. At Sanford, we ask that you as a patient promise to:

  • Make a commitment to change your lifestyle which includes a healthy diet, exercise and behavior modification
  • Keep your post-operative appointments with the bariatric team
  • Keep us informed of any address or phone number changes throughout your lifetime
  • Attend support group meetings in your region
  • Engage in regular exercise for 30 to 45 minutes five to six times a week for life
  • Take the recommend supplements every day for life
  • Get psychological counseling if your doctor recommends it
  • Come and see us in the future if your weight maintenance becomes unsatisfactory
  • Notify us if you’ve been hospitalized for problems related to your surgery

If you are worried about whether your insurance will cover your weight loss surgery, rest-assured as Sanford is the only program in the region to offer a patient navigator to help guide and assist you through the entire pre-surgery process. To learn more about financing and insurance, click here.