Weight-Loss Surgery: Who Qualifies?

Considering Surgery?

If you are very obese and haven't been able to have lasting weight loss through dieting, medication and lifestyle changes, a weight-loss procedure may be for you. You must also:

  • Feel ready to undergo a change in lifestyle and eating habits
  • Be twice your ideal body weight or more, or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35
  • Have the approval of your primary care provider

If you're considering having a weight-loss procedure at UVA, you'll also need to complete this seminar.

Do I Qualify for a Weight-Loss Procedure?

Your eligibility for weight-loss surgery depends on your level of obesity. Obesity can be measured using your BMI. 

BMI is a tool that measures how much body fat you have by comparing your height to your weight. BMI results fall into these ranges:

  • 18.5 or less = underweight
  • 18.5-24.9 = healthy weight 
  • 25-29.9 = overweight
  • 30-34.9 = Class I obesity
  • 35-39.9 = Class II obesity

You qualify for weight-loss surgery at UVA if you:

  • Have a BMI of 35 and over, plus at least one obesity-related condition
  • Have a BMI of 40 and over
  • 40 and over = Class III obesity

You can calculate your BMI using this tool from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Your insurance may not cover weight-loss procedures. Be sure to check with your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment.