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Mount Auburn Weight Management Center

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Choosing a Weight-Loss Program

Find out whether a medical or surgical weight-loss program at the Weight Management Center at Mount Auburn Hospital is right for you.

Candidacy for Medical Weight-Loss Program

You qualify for our medical weight-loss program if you are over 18 and:

  • Aren’t pregnant
  • Have a BMI of at least 30
  • Will commit to long-term lifestyle and behavioral changes
  • Will commit to regular follow-up visits with your doctor long-term

Candidacy for Weight-Loss Surgery

You may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery if you are over 18 and have:

  • A BMI of 40, or a BMI of 35 and significant medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Failed previous weight-loss efforts
  • No untreated metabolic cause for obesity, such as thyroid or adrenal disorders
  • No severe psychological or medical problems
  • No dependency on drugs, alcohol or tobacco
  • Willingness to commit to follow-up care for the rest of your life

What's My BMI?

Enter your height and weight into the adult BMI calculator to learn your BMI and corresponding weight-status category.

Insurance Coverage

Ask your insurance provider how you can qualify for coverage of weight-loss surgery. You may need to send your provider information about your:

  • Weight history
  • Periods of supervised weight loss
  • Consultations with specialists, such as gastroenterologists, cardiologists or pulmonologists

Possible Weight-Loss Surgery Complications

Most people who get weight-loss surgery don’t experience complications. Many of the risks are the same as those involved with any surgical procedure. Before you decide to have surgery, consider the potential complications, including:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Injury to the stomach, esophagus or surrounding organs
  • Intolerance of certain foods
  • Leak in your digestive tract
  • Nausea
  • Pain

Start Your Weight-Loss Journey

Watch our informational video, then download, complete and return a preliminary application to help us determine whether you’re a candidate for weight-loss surgery. We’ll contact you to schedule an appointment after we’ve reviewed the application.

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