Criteria For Surgery
You must be between ages 18 - 62 to be considered for surgery.
Weight & BMI Requirements
Weight must be less than 500 pounds and BMI must be between 30 - 60. If your BMI is greater than 60 you will need to lose weight to decrease your BMI to 60. If your BMI is between 30-40 you must be suffering from one or more medical conditions related to being overweight (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart problems, joint pain, etc.). Please use the BMI calculator to determine your numbers.
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.
- You must be able to walk and care for yourself with minimal assistance.
- Must be smoke free for 3 months prior to surgery.
- Must not use alcohol in excess or use illegal substances.
- 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, Dr. Peters and Dr. Etter do 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. We cannot accept Medicare patients due to recent changes in the Medicare guidelines.