Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Are You A Candidate?

The decision to have weight loss surgery is life changing. In order to help patients understand the consequences of surgery, we offer weekly seminars. We also hold monthly support group meetings with patients who have had surgery and others who are considering whether or not the procedure is right for them.


Definition of a Qualified Candidate:

  1. Over 18 years old
  2. A patient needs to have at least 80 lbs to lose
  3. A BMI of 35-40 with a co-morbid condition (a co morbid condition is a condition that is life threatening which is aggravated by the excess weight) including diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, hyperlipidimea, most heart conditions, etc.
  4. The U.S. FDA has recently approved LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery to be performed in patients with a BMI of at least 30 and one or more obesity-related comorbidities
  5. OR a BMI of 40 and above

After you’ve made your decision and want to be considered for surgery, you should:


These steps are designed to determine whether you are a potential surgical candidate and to educate and prepare you for the significant changes that will occur after the surgery. Our experience has shown that the better prepared you are before surgery, the better your long-term results will be.

Those patients who do not meet criteria as surgical candidates may be referred for medical weight loss or further dietary management in our center before becoming surgical candidates.

Morbid obesity is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. An estimated 25 million Americans are considered morbidly obese. Obesity becomes “morbid” when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that can result either in significant physical disability or even death.

As you read about morbid obesity you may also see the term “clinically severe obesity” used. Both are descriptions of the same condition and can be used interchangeably. For more information go to or

BMI Calculator

Underweight = < 18.5
Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
Overweight = 25-29.9
Obesity = 30+