Mini-Gastric Bypass Patient Guidelines

Patients should meet the following guidelines:

Communication Access

You must have a reliable E-mail address that can accept “attachments” and that is not associated with your place of employment. It must be a personal email address.

Preoperative Screening Information

You must complete the online patient information form.

Between 16 and 65 Years of Age

Rare exceptions are made to very well motivated, very well informed patients who have the strong support of their families and their physicians.

A BMI of 40 kg/m2 or Above

Or a BMI of 35 to 40 kg/m2 with comorbidity.  A good rule of thumb is a body weight over 100 lbs above your ideal body weight – no more than 350 lbs.

Presently Working – In or Out of Home

Patients who are students or stay-at-home moms/dads can meet these guidelines if they are mobile and able to be active.  Disabled and wheelchair-bound patients are generally not good candidates for the surgery, however, each case is reviewed on an individual basis.

No Previous Obesity Surgery (except Lap Band)

We do not accept patients who have had previous vertical banded gastroplasty, “stomach stapling,” Roux-en-Y or other types of previous weight loss surgery.  We do not accept patients for revision of other types of weight loss surgery.

Supportive Personal Physician

Who will:

  • Support the patient’s desire to undergo Laparoscopic Mini-Gastric Bypass
  • Perform a detailed and complete preoperative evaluation
  • Agree to be actively involved in your postoperative follow-up medical care
No History of Major Psychiatric Illness

If you have been diagnosed with depression, you and your physician must have a plan in place for the diagnosis and management of depression postoperatively.

No Other History of:
  • Recent prednisone therapy for any reason
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Other collagen vascular disease
Documented Evidence of:
  • Commitment to participate in a postoperative exercise program.
  • Willingness to work with medical team by following directions and communicating in a timely manner.
  • Commitment to maintain the initial postoperative and yearly long-term follow-up with your surgeon to decrease the risks of complications such as ulcers or vitamin, mineral and other nutritional deficiencies.
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