Can I Still Have Weight Loss Surgery If I Don’t Meet the BMI Requirement?

by Sara


Most insurance companies require a BMI of at least 35 to approve weight loss surgery. My BMI is just over 34. Can I opt to have the surgery anyway if I pay out of pocket?

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BMI 28

by: Anonymous

Would I be a candidate for the gastric sleeve surgery with a BMI of 28?

I can pay for the surgery out of pocket.

My reason for wanting the surgery is because I currently have Type II diabetes, had a single bypass of the lower anterior descending artery, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and GERD.

Outside of this, I have a strong will to live. I am on numerous meds and 2 different insulins and my blood sugar still remains uncontrollable. I feel like this is my last resort.

Please tell me if this is an option for me to retain my life.

Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA, Arcadia, California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Sara,

Yes, most surgeons would be willing to offer a bariatric surgery for someone who has a BMI close to the required BMI.

Paying out of pocket can help you get through the process much quicker as well.

Good Luck,
Troy LaMar MD

los angeles bariatric surgeon

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