Candidates for weight loss surgery in Miami, Florida

Our goal at the Surgical Weight Loss Center at Mercy Miami Hospital is to help patients make informed decisions about their health. There are certain requirements to qualify for weight loss surgery, and the decision should be fully thought out to ensure the right choice for the patient.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible for bariatric surgery, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (305) 285-2929.

Who qualifies for weight loss surgery?

Bariatric surgery is intended for people who are diagnosed with severe or morbid obesity. These are patients who:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher (approximately 100 pounds or more of excess weight)
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher (approximately 75 pounds or more of excess weight) as well as obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea or high cholesterol

Bariatric surgery requirements

The following tests and evaluations are requirements for patients wanting to undergo bariatric surgery:

  • Medical necessity letter from your primary doctor
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medically supervised diet history
  • Blood work
  • Diagnostic imaging tests, such as a chest X-ray (radiology exam that looks at your heart and lungs)
  • Electrocardiogram, also called an EKG (demonstrates the electrical activity of your heart to determine heart health)
  • Certificate of attendance for our information session
  • Sleep study (determines if you stop breathing during sleep)

Some patients may also need:

  • Cardiology consultation
  • Pulmonary consultation
  • Endocrinology consultation
  • Cardiac echocardiogram, also called an "echo" (uses sound waves to look at your heart and measures its function)
  • Stress echo (uses exercise or medication to increase your heart rate and see how your heart performs)
  • Pulmonary function tests (measures your breathing to evaluate your lung function)

Please note that each case is based on the individual, and your bariatric surgeon may add or remove some tests if needed. However, all results of tests and reports must be received prior to submission to your insurance company for approval.

How can you help make your bariatric surgery a success?

Please remember that weight loss surgery is intended to help you help yourself and, ultimately, the success is up to the patient. Starting to follow these rules before your surgery can play a role in a positive outcome:

  • No sweets
  • No high calorie liquids (milkshakes, soda or alcohol)
  • No fatty junk food (chips, crackers or popcorn)
  • No fried foods
  • Walking a minimum of one hour per day
  • Stop smoking
  • Attending information session, classes and support groups