Daniel Farkas, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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1650 Selwyn Ave, #4E Bronx, NY 10457


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So how does one determine whether they are a candidate for surgery?

The first step is to determine your BMI. In order to be a suitable candidate for surgery, one must meet the criteria of morbid obesity. That is, one must have either a BMI of 40, or a BMI of 35 if it's accompanied by weight related medical problems. (Such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc.)

The next step is to check with your insurance company to make sure they cover the procedure you're interested in. Most insurance companies will cover bariatric surgery, but they may have certain requirements before they will approve the surgery. For example, some insurance companies require six months of visits to a primary care physician, with a record kept of weights and weight loss recommendations. If these requirements apply to you, you're best off trying to get this started as soon as possible.

The next step is to attend an information seminar, where you will receive more detailed information on what to expect, and what the possible risks and complications are. The dates for upcoming seminars can be seen here.

After that you'll have to make an appointment with Dr. Farkas. In addition, according to the National Institutes of Health criteria, you'll need to see a nutritionist and a psychologist. The goal of these appointments are to evaluate whether you're ready to go through the changes in diet and behavior, that will be necessary after surgery. The names and numbers for these appointments, can be seen in the phone numbers section.

Finally, you'll need to be cleared for surgery by your primary care doctor. That is, your doctor will have to provide a letter summarizing your medical issues, and stating whether you're able to tolerate surgery safely. This may require certain other tests (e.g. a cardiac stress test), and possibly visits to other specialists (e.g. a cardiologist, or a pulomonologist).



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