Frequently Asked Questions

What is obesity?

Obesity is a condition in which a person has an abnormally high and unhealthy proportion of body fat, which is categorized as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Obesity is linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and stroke.

What is BMI?

BMI is a scale which stands for body mass index. It is used by medical professionals and researchers to measure obesity. BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight (in kilograms) by their height (in meters) squared.

BMI Chart

BMI Co-morbidities Classification Surgical Candidate
25 – 29.9 N/A Overweight No
30 – 34.9 N/A Obese No
35 – 39.9 No Severely Obese No
35 – 39.9 Yes Severely Obese Yes
40 + N/A Morbidly Obese Yes


Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?

To qualify for bariatric surgery an individual must:

  1. Have a BMI of 40 or greater.
  2. Have a BMI of 35-39, with significant obesity-related medical conditions such as:
    1. Diabetes
    2. High blood pressure
    3. High cholesterol
    4. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    5. Cardiovascular disease

Why seek care with our program?

  1. Our surgeons are not only skilled and experienced in performing hundreds of bariatric surgeries; their compassionate and individualized care creates a unique and supportive environment for your weight loss journey.
  2. Physicians are accessible 24/7 by phone to communicate about any clinical concerns.
  3. All surgeries are performed at Northeast Baptist Hospital, recognized by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeries as a Center of Excellence, and Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The designated postoperative hospital unit specializes in the care of bariatric patients with experienced nurses and staff.
  4. Lifelong follow-up arrangements provided by our program enable patients to stay connected with us throughout their journey, such as monthly support group meetings for long-term success.