If you are at least 100 pounds overweight and have been unsuccessful in losing weight with diet and exercise, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery can also be considered for those who suffer from serious obesity-related health problems such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Joint pain/osteoarthritis
  • Irregular menstrual periods/infertility
  • Mood/self-esteem issues

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, can be an option for individuals who are obese. Obesity is defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 30.

View our two-part Weight Loss Surgery webinar on YouTube

Surgery Criteria
Through consultation with your physician, and surgeons on the medical staff at Texas Health Fort Worth, they will determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. To be considered for surgery, patients generally must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Meet at least one of the BMI criteria
  • Have experienced short-term success with serious and multiple attempts to lose weight
  • Be prepared to make necessary lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise
  • Be prepared for continuing follow-up with physician and bariatric team to ensure long-term success

The bariatric team at Texas Health Fort Worth and physicians on the medical staff are here to support you as you begin your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.

Our support group provides information, education and support for current patients and families and those considering weight loss surgery. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Education Center.

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