Candidates will have a BMI equal to or greater than 40, or between 35 and 40 with medical problems associated with their obesity. Associated medical conditions, or “co-morbidities” as they are called, can include hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol and degenerative arthritis, as well as sleep apnea, chronic leg swelling, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), depression, anxiety and others.
You may not be a candidate for the procedure if you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, have had a portion of the stomach organ removed or have certain diseases involving the GI tract. All patients will undergo medical and cardiac clearance, plus a psychiatric consultation prior to the procedure. You should be prepared to attend follow up visits with Dr. Minkin as scheduled, exercise and follow the diet instructions given to you after surgery to obtain the best results. If interested you should contact your insurance company and check your coverage for the procedure.