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Criteria For Surgery


You must be between ages 18-64 to be considered for surgery.  Others may be considered on a case by case basis.

Weight & BMI Requirements

Weight must be less than 500 pounds and BMI must be between 30 and 60 for the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band and between 35-60 for the Sleeve Gastrectomy.  For Gastric Bypass, BMI must be 35-39.9 with a comorbidity (an additional chronic disease or condition) or greater than 40.   Calculate your BMI.

Weight Loss History

You must have made prior attempts at weight loss. Surgery should be considered your last option. Please record all weight loss attempts in the medical questionnaire. If you have records of past weight loss attempts (i.e. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Physician Supervised Diet, etc.), please include them with your questionnaire.

Additional Criteria

  1. You must be able to walk and care for yourself with minimal assistance.
  2. Must be smoke free for 3 months prior to surgery.
  3. Must not use alcohol in excess or use illegal substances.
  4. Must be prepared to attend regular follow-up sessions and make changes in your lifestyle and eating habits.


You are responsible for payment of this elective surgery. This procedure may or may not be covered by your insurance. Dr. Pitt does not accept Medicaid as a source of payment for this elective procedure. Please contact your insurance company and make sure you have a benefit for weight loss surgery.

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Learn more about patients who've lost weight and changed their lifestyle after weight loss surgery at Boone at MyBooneHealth Blog.

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