Am I a Candidate?

If you have thought about undergoing a bariatric procedure to reach your weight loss goals, we can help determine which procedure is best suited to you. Bariatric surgeries are serious procedures that can greatly impact the rest of your life. Certain conditions must be met in order to be considered a good candidate for weight loss surgery.

Your answers to the following questions will help you to make a preliminary determination as to whether bariatric surgery might be right for you:

Do you have a body mass index of 40 or higher, or a body mass index of 35 and greater and suffer from one obesity related medical illness?

Your body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of how much body fat an individual is carrying on his or her body based on the individual’s height and weight. BMI calculations are a reliable way to determine whether you are considered obese.
Individuals with a BMI of higher than 30 should explore their weight-loss options to reduce the risk of developing serious health conditions related to morbid obesity. Individuals with a BMI that is higher than 40 may be suitable candidates for bariatric surgery.
Your weight status is determined by the following:

•BMI < 18.5: Underweight
•BMI 18.5 – 25.0: Normal
•BMI 25.0 – 30.0: Overweight
•BMI 30.0 – 40.0: Obese
•BMI > 40: Morbidly Obese

Do you suffer from type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or another weight-related medical condition?

Excess weight can contribute to the development of more than 30 serious, progressive health problems such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, cancer, gallbladder disease, and much more. These co-morbidities can further aggravate weight-related health problems.

Do you have realistic expectations for what bariatric surgery can accomplish?

Candidates for weightloss surgery must have detailed knowledge about the procedure, including how it is performed and what it can accomplish. Bariatric surgery candidates must also understand the risks that are involved with such a complicated procedure. Our knowledgeable surgeons and staff are dedicated to providing comprehensive information to patients in order to help them make educated decisions about this life-changing operation. They will make sure patients maintain realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish so that every patient can enjoy the most successful results possible.

Can you make a lifelong commitment to the long-term lifestyle changes and follow-up care you must undertake following surgery?

Bariatric surgery is not a miracle operation; instead, it is a stepping stone to help obese patients achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle. Patients must understand that their weight loss goals cannot be achieved without significant behavioral and lifestyle changes and follow-up appointments that are part of our Lifestyle Management Program. Patients must remain committed to their goals after surgery for the most successful results. Our on site nutritional and behavioral counseling is specialized to bariatric surgery and is a resource months and years after surgery when motivational challenges occur.


If you have answered “yes” to all four of the questions above, we may recommend bariatric surgery for your weight-loss needs. During an initial consultation, Doctors Ludwig and Simchuk will determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery, as well as help you decide which bariatric procedure can deliver the most successful results in your case.


Learn more from Dr. Simchuk about who is a candidate for weight loss surgery:


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North Valley Surgical Associates has merged with Enloe Medical Center.

Please rest assured that we are still here to care for you ongoing and can reach us at:

The Enloe Bariatric Program:
251 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 300
Chico, California  95926
tel: (530) 332-5350
fax: (530) 893-6032

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