Do I Qualify for Bariatric Surgery
Qualifying for bariatric surgery
The percentage of people who fit into these two categories, overweight
and obese, is determined by Body Mass Index (BMI).
BMI is a measure of weight proportionate to height. BMI is
considered a useful measurement of the amount of body fat.
Occasionally, some very muscular people may have a BMI in the
overweight range. However, these people are not considered
overweight because muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue.
Generally, BMI can be considered an effective way to evaluate
whether a person is overweight or obese.
Are you are candidate for bariatric surgery at Port Huron Hospital?
Individuals may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if they are
18 years of age or older, have not been successful with
traditional weight-loss methods and meet their own insurance
company’s eligibility requirements.
Insurance companies set specific criteria to determine whether
or not they will authorize the procedure. Each insurance company
is different, but most agree on the following criteria:
Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, or BMI of over
35 and have one or more of the co-morbidities
associated with increased weight. Typically,
insurance companies expect the patient to
provide written evidence that they are unable to
achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained
period of time through medically supervised
Bariatric Surgery Information:
Port Huron Hospital HealthAccess
1.800.228.1484 (Michigan Callers)
Bariatric Center of Michigan
Wismer 3rd Floor Clinic
1221 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060
810.989.3328; fax 810.987.1532