Am I a Candidate?

Qualifying for Surgery

Weight loss surgery is a serious undertaking and has lifelong affects. You'll need to make sure that you are committed to the permanent change in lifestyle and diet that the surgery requires to be effective. Our team works to provide a unique and personal approach to your weight loss success.

If you have decided weight loss surgery is the option for you, use the BMI calculator to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI of 40 or greater automatically meets criteria for surgery. A BMI between 35 and 40 must include additional health conditions, such as Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Joint Pain or Sleep Apnea in order to qualify for surgery.

What To Expect

If you meet the BMI requirements and feel you are a candidate for surgery, you can print and email our Bariatric Application to or request an application be sent to you by mail, fax, or email by calling 361-574-1888. Once we receive your application, we will review it and your insurance coverage will be verified. Next, our Bariatric Coordinator will call and set up an appointment for you to tour our Bariatric unit and discuss any questions you may have about the Bariatric surgery process. We will then make your consultation appointment and help you throughout the pre-surgery, surgery, and post-surgery process. Please come to the consultation prepared with your ID, insurance card, and your list of questions. Your initial visit will include a detailed assessment of your health, which may include additional testing. During this visit, we will address questions and concerns, discuss insurance and payment options, and determine which surgery option is best for you.

We care about every patient at Citizens Bariatric Center. Each time you visit the clinic, you will meet with your surgeon or other healthcare providers to make sure your plan is on track. This team will support you during this process by:

  • Providing a detailed health assessment
  • Answering your questions
  • Examining your current lifestyle
  • Helping to develop a plan for your weight-loss success
  • Referral to additional support services if necessary

Following surgery, your surgeon or physician extender will work closely with you to ensure that your weight loss is appropriate, verify you are healing appropriately, and check that you are receiving adequate nutrients to maintain health.

The typical visit schedule is as follows:

  • Initial visit (blood work/onsite testing)
  • Pre-operative visit (multiple visits may be required)
  • 2 weeks post-op
  • 6 weeks post-op
  • 6 months post-op (including blood work)
  • 1 year post-op (including blood work)
  • Every following year (including blood work)

Throughout the process, additional visits may be necessary based on your surgeon’s recommendations. Regular visits with your primary care physician should not change, especially to monitor medications and existing conditions.

To further assist you on your weight loss journey, a dietitian is on staff at Citizens Bariatric Center and available to provide you with a wealth of nutritional knowledge. Our dietitian sees each patient beginning with the nutritional class prior to surgery and post-operative to encourage healthy eating and provide customized dietary support. Another important aspect of your success is seeking support. Making life-long changes in diet and exercise is a commitment. There may also be underlying issues that you'll need to deal with during the process.

Ongoing Support

Citizens Bariatric Center holds monthly support group meetings for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. Friends and family of patients are encouraged to attend as well. These meetings not only provide support and encouragement, but may also provide helpful information that will assist your weight-loss goals.

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