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BCM - Baylor College of Medicine

Giving life to possible

Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center

Patient Information

Are You a Candidate?

The Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center welcomes all qualified candidates, often taking on cases others deem too challenging.

Our patient selection process is based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) criteria, as follows:

  • 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight or a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health conditions

Other Factors We Consider

To ensure the safety and long-term success of each patient, we also consider a variety of other factors including weight-loss history, age, prior surgeries, smoking habits, psychological evaluation, and lifelong commitment to dietary, exercise, medical guidelines and follow-up care.

Bariatric surgery is a serious decision that requires careful consideration of pre- and postoperative requirements and a commitment by the patient to permanent lifestyle changes.