While looking into bariatric surgery, some ask whether they’re qualified to have one or not. Dr. Choi shares the exact measurements in body mass index (BMI) typically required by insurance to cover your weight loss surgery in the U.S.
What Are the Requirements for Bariatric Surgery?
What are the requirements for weight loss surgery? So, number one, if you have a body mass index which is calculated from your height and weight greater than 40 or equal to 40 you automatically qualify. If you meet the standards of body mass index of 35, you would need two comorbidities for the insurances like hypertension, diabetes, possibly sleep apnea. The last is now they’re opening up another frontier or possibility that if you have a minimum of 30 BMI, you will also be a candidate for weight loss surgery and that would be the minimum for the whole United States right now.