Getting started on your weight loss journey.

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Are You an Ideal Candidate?

Before you can undergo weight loss surgery, your surgeon must determine whether or not you’re a good candidate. Each person’s candidacy is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your physical health and other factors you may qualify for surgery even if some of these criteria are not met. You may be a candidate if you:

  • Are between 18 and 75 years old. For patients over 75, candidacy will be determined by your surgeon. 
  • Are 100 pounds or more above your ideal weight and/or have a BMI of at least 35 and are diagnosed with at least one or more serious obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea. If you don’t know your BMI, you can determine this number using our BMI Calculator.
  • Have a BMI over 40 with or without significant health problems.
  • Have no severe medical, psychological or emotional conditions that would render surgery too risky.
  • Have no dependence on drugs or alcohol, or have been sober for at least a year.
  • Have tried and failed at previous efforts to lose weight.
  • Understand the seriousness of the surgery and the necessity for a lifelong commitment to a healthier diet and lifestyle.

Mary R.

Thanks for a great experience. Your staff was a pleasure to work with.

Mike W.

I liked not having to go to another place to have my blood work, EKG and Chest x-ray done prior to surgery.

William M.

I enjoyed attending your Bariatric Support Group on Wednesday night. I learned so much from the speaker, as well as from other patients that were in attendance. It is nice being able to have this extended support system.

Laura K.

I am so happy that your program added Facebook and a website. I have enjoyed getting new recipes and diet tips to assist in my weight loss journey.

William G

Just wanted to say Dr MacDonald is the greatest! I recently had gastric bypass surgery and I’m doing very good!

Linda B

I purchased the fruit drinks and protein bars from your Nutricenter and they are delicious! So happy I can use these to get my daily intake of protein after surgery.

Mary K

Dr McGuire was very informative during the bariatric seminar and I look forward to my surgery with him in the next few months.

Dawn B

Best surgical practice in town! I’m so glad my doctor referred me to see Dr McGuire he was so nice and informative in my preoperative appointment for bypass surgery. I can not wait until I have surgery and start seeing results!

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