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Bariatric Program

Our Bariatric Program uses a set of general, baseline criteria for patient selection, with a number of variables that may be considered.

  • Patient must be between the ages of 18 and 60 years old.
  • Patient should have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or between 35-39 with a significant comorbidity (medical conditions that is caused by, or made worse by the patient’s obesity such as diabetes or obstructive sleep apnea).
  • Patient cannot have an contraindication to bariatric surgery (eg, severe cardiac disease)

In addition to these baseline criteria, each patient’s medical, psych-social, and weight loss history are evaluated in detail. Our surgeons may obtain additional information from primary care physicians, pulmonary, cardiology, psychiatry and other specialties. We may also need diagnostic tests to perform a comprehensive evaluation. If you have not made significant, well-documented attempts at non-surgical mean of weight loss in the past, you are not an appropriate candidate for our program.

In most cases, it is recommended that patients discuss whether they may be a good candidate for surgery with their primary care physician prior to seeking a consultation with a surgeon. In fact, some insurance companies require this step in order for it to be covered. Please contact your insurance company to find out if these procedures are covered under your plan, and if there are any special requirements.

Nondiscrimination Statement:

Cahaba Valley Surgical Group, P.C. complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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