How do I know if I am eligible for weight loss surgery?

The Comprehensive Weight Management Center at Holston Valley Medical Center follows guidelines supported by the National Institutes of Health in order to determine a patient's eligibility for weight loss surgery. Rather than using weight, we use body mass index (BMI) - excess fat in relation to height - as a criteria. Individuals may be candidates for surgery if:

  • They have failed previous attempts at weight loss in a medically-supervised program
  • Their BMI is greater than 40 or between 35 and 40 with major obesity-related medical problems

Before becoming eligible for surgery, you will meet with our surgeons, dietitians and members of our nursing staff for a full evaluation.