Am I a Weight Loss Surgery Candidate?

There are qualifications for bariatric surgery which must be considered before operating. One of the first considerations is whether a patient has tried more than one weight loss remedy and for how long these attempts have taken place. One of the most general metrics is the use of the Body Mass Index (BMI). If a patient has a BMI of over 35 they are generally considered a weight loss surgery candidate. A BMI of this level generally means that one is more than 60 pounds (30kg) over their ideal body weight. Contact one of our weight loss specialists today to see if you are a candidate.

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Contact one of our weight loss specialists today to see if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.

Ideal weigth table



18.5 - 24.9


25.0 - 29.9


30.0 - 34.9

Morbid Obesity I

35.0 - 39.9

Morbid Obesity II

40.0 - 49.9

Morbid Obesity III

> 50


Other Qualifications for Bariatric Surgery

It is possible to be a weight loss surgery candidate with a BMI of 30 or more with at least one of the following associated conditions:

  • Arterial Hypertension
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Joint Damage
  • Hyperlypidemia
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Liver Disease and others


Expectations for Bariatric Surgery

To be a good weight loss surgery candidate, one must have appropriate expectations for this process. Bariatric surgery will reduce the risk of life-threatening conditions and improve general health and appearance. In order to maximize these benefits though, a behavior modification is required which involves significant commitment on the part of the patient. As part of this process, Surgery for Obesity Group requires our patients to meet with our psychologists and nutritionists to prepare our patients for the changes they will undergo. Furthermore, it may be necessary to have post-procedure cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin in cases of significant weight loss.

Contact Us
To best determine if you are a weight loss surgery candidate, speak with one of our bariatric surgery specialists today. We will review all the qualifications for bariatric surgery with you and help you on your way to the lifestyle change you have been looking for.


Cirugía Para La Obesidad
Calle 83 # 16A - 44, Office 501. Bogotá, Colombia
PBX:  +57 (1) 7033872