Getting Started on Your Weight Loss Journey

Are you ready to transform your life with weight loss (bariatric) surgery? If so, we recommend taking time to learn more about bariatric surgery.

Am I a Candidate?

There are four primary considerations:

Body Mass Index (BMI)

To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater or over 35 with a high-risk for health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. Your BMI is a ratio between your height and weight that can help your doctor evaluate your risk for health problems.

If you have a BMI greater than 60, surgery may not be safe for you. At your first patient appointment, we’ll talk about how to decrease your BMI so you can safely undergo surgery. 

Calculate your BMI

Make a commitment to weight loss

Weight loss surgery does not make weight loss easy for the rest of your life. Weight loss surgery is simply a tool that, along with lifelong changes to lifestyle, dietary habits and exercise, can help you maintain a healthy weight.

To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must be committed to the lifestyle changes. But don't worry, you won't be alone. Our team will work with you throughout your journey to help support those changes. Learn more about our supportive services.

Be ready to embark upon the journey

Weight loss surgery requires a certain level of physical ability and emotional maturity. It won't be easy, but with help from our team, and a dedication to learn and prepare, your chances of success will increase.

Before we perform any surgery, we want to be sure that the procedure will be safe for you and your body. Our staff will guide you through any testing you need to ensure you are physically and emotionally ready for weight loss surgery. We are committed to providing safe and effective weight loss solutions.

Insurance requirements

Your insurance company may have weight loss surgery insurance requirements, such as losing a certain amount of weight before surgery. Please call the number on the back of your insurance card to find out what specific requirements you need to meet. The MU Health Care weight loss team will be glad to help you meet these requirements. 

Get Started

There are multiple ways to get started on your weight loss journey. We are here to help you achieve your goals. Choose from one of the below ways to begin.

Request an appointment today 

Our staff will then give you a call to schedule an appointment with our weight loss team.

Download our weight loss surgery guide 

Learn more about the different surgical and nonsurgical weight loss solutions we offer.

Take our online assessment

See if you’re a candidate. We offer a variety of weight loss options and work with you to find the best option for your goals and lifestyle.

Watch your options below

Andrew Wheeler, MD, chief of bariatric surgery, explain weight loss surgery procedures and how we can help you along the journey to a healthier you.

Before your first appointment

Before you attend your first appointment, please print and completely fill out the form below. The information on this form helps our physicians perform a comprehensive evaluation of health, medical history and nutritional history.

During your appointment, our physicians can discuss these items with you and help guide you toward the weight loss option that’s best for you.

Patient Form