The USC Bariatric Surgery Program is intended for individuals who are either 100 pounds overweight or 75 pounds overweight with a serious medical condition such as uncontrollable hypertension or diabetes. Another possible criterion for bariatric surgery is a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40.
Use the BMI calculator below to help quantify and qualify this important decision.
Underweight: Less than 18.5
Healthy: 18.5 – 24.9
Overweight: 25.0 – 29.9
Obese: 30.0 or more
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery is to request an appointment with one of the bariatric surgeons at Keck Medicine of USC to discuss your overall health and weight loss goals.
Generally, candidates for bariatric surgery should have either a BMI of 40 (or about 100 lbs of excess weight), or a BMI of 35 with a co-morbid condition. A co-morbid condition would be considered a disease or disorder in addition to morbid obesity, or a disease or disorder caused by morbid obesity.
There are several different types of bariatric surgery, and our team of nutritionists, psychologists, dieticians and surgeons can advise as to which surgical procedure might be best for your individual needs.
Attend a Patient Seminar
Patients considering bariatric surgery or wanting to learn more about weight loss options should attend a seminar, held monthly. This free seminar is hosted by our Keck Medicine of USC physicians. The goal is to inform about the program, its requirements, the procedures, results and complications.
Attend a Patient Support Group
Bariatric programs typically include a support group for patients to attend after their surgery. Support groups often are run by a healthcare provider, usually a psychologist, program coordinator, or dietitian.
Support groups are an excellent resource for meeting people who have similar wellness goals, who want to celebrate your successes, and who support you in challenging times. Support groups are devoted to these common experiences, so feelings can be shared in a safe environment.
Keck Medicine of USC support groups are held from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at: