How do I know if I qualify for weight loss surgery?

August 16, 2023 | Bariatric Surgery

New evidence-based weight loss surgery requirements were announced in October, 2022. Learn how this impacts your requirements for weight loss surgery eligibility.

At Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors, we are often asked by our patients who want to lose weight if they qualify for weight loss surgery. It is a great – and necessary – question!

Historically, weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, was typically recommended for individuals who have a body mass index (or BMI) of 40 or higher, OR a BMI of 35-40 with additional health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.

These guidelines were originally set back in 1991. However, in October of 2022, two of the world’s leading authorities on bariatric and metabolic surgery – the American Society for metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and metabolic Disorders (IFSO) issued new evidence-based clinical guidelines.

While adoption by insurance companies is yet to be determined, the newly established evidenced based clinical guidelines for recommending weight loss surgery include having a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more regardless of presence, absence, or severity of obesity -related conditions.  And…weight loss surgery can also now be considered for people with a BMI of 30-34.9 with other metabolic disease and in ‘appropriately selected children and adolescents.’

In addition to meeting these criteria, there are other factors that are commonly considered such as:

  • Your previous attempts at weight loss
  • Your age and overall health status
  • Your personal motivation and commitment to making lifestyle changes after surgery
  • Your willingness to participate in post-surgical follow-up care and support

Bottom line, weight loss surgery is quite common today and can help you lose a significant amount of weight. If you are wondering if you meet criteria for weight loss surgery or are ready to get started, take our 60 second assessment or reach out to our experienced and caring team at

If you are interested in cash-pay options, our comprehensive weight loss surgery program includes a full one-year follow-up program for one of the most competitive prices in the area.