To become eligible for bariatric surgery at Mount Carmel, patients must meet strict selection criteria. Patients may be eligible if they:
- Over the age of 18
- Are at least 100 pounds overweight AND/OR have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40, or a BMI between 35 and 40 accompanied by other health-related issues
- Have failed to lose weight through diet attempts or other weight-loss programs
Patients also must attend a free educational forum to learn about obesity, nutrition, the surgical treatments available at Mount Carmel, and insurance coverage. Mount Carmel surgeons and members of the program team lead the forum and are available to answer questions, offer advice and provide preliminary paperwork.
Those who meet the selection criteria receive an extensive medical evaluation as well to determine if bariatric surgery is a safe and appropriate solution for them.
To register for the free educational forum, call 614-234-LIFE.