Eligibility Requirements

Morbid obesity is a complex, chronic disease. Surgery is one of the many options available to treat weight-loss patients, and is normally reserved for the most extreme cases. Yale New Haven Hospital adheres to strict National Institutes of Health guidelines in determining which patients are eligible for bariatric procedures.

Who is Eligible?

A ratio of weight to height called Body Mass Index (BMI) is generally used to classify the degree of overweight. An individual is considered to have morbid obesity at a BMI of 40 or at 35 if health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or obstructive sleep apnea are also present. If your BMI is in this range, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery.

Body Mass Index Calculators

Surgery is Just One Step

When compared to other therapies, weight-loss surgery has proven successful with many patients for whom other methods have failed. However, it is important to remember that weight-loss surgery is only the first step in a long-term commitment to maintaining health. Nutritional counseling and exercise play an equally important part of any comprehensive weight-loss strategy.

Yale New Haven Hospital offers a multidisciplinary program with coaching and support in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle change that is tailored to meet your individual needs.

Getting Started

If you believe you may be eligible for bariatric surgery, you can begin the process by completing our weight-loss surgery information request.

Weight Loss Surgery Seminars

Attendance at a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, either in person or through a Webinar, is the first step in the process for weight-loss surgery. These free seminars are held monthly in various area locations and by webinar.

Call 203-789-6237 to register. Note: Winter live seminars may be converted to online webinars because of weather; call to confirm change.