Qualifying For Surgery

Calculate your body mass index (BMI) below to determine whether you’ll qualify for weight loss surgery.

Calculate Your BMI

You’re considered an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • BMI index

    BMI 18 – 25 Heathly Weight
    BMI 25 – 30 Overweight
    BMI 30 – 35 Obese Class I
    BMI 35 – 40 Obese Class II
    BMI 40 – 50 Obese Class III
    BMI > 50 Obese Class IV
  • Surgical options via bmi

    Gastric Plication BMI > 30
    Gastric Band BMI > 30
    Gastric Balloon BMI 30-40
    Gastric Sleeve BMI > 35
    Gastric Bypass BMI > 35

Your BMI is 40 or higher

If your BMI is 40 or greater, you will likely qualify for surgery.

Your BMI is 35 or more and you have coexisting medical problems

If you have a BMI of 35 or greater and you’ve been diagnosed with coexisting medical problems (comorbidities) related to your obesity, you will likely qualify for surgery.

Your BMI is 30-35

If you have a BMI between 30 and 35, you may qualify for Gastric Plication, Lap-Band® or Realize® Band.

Your BMI is below 30

If your BMI is below 30, you may qualify for laser liposuction, and our medical weight loss program.


If you have diabetes, you may qualify for bariatric surgery despite what your weight is. It has been shown that bariatric surgery is amongst the best treatments for curing diabetes, and may even cure it in people who are not obese. If you have diabetes, and would like to be considered for curative surgery, schedule a consult with Dr. Mehta to discuss your options.

Have questions about this procedure? Ask us now:

We accept all major insurances if you have appropriate benefits, offer financing, and can email you our specials, for those who choose to self-pay.


  • Dr. Mehta gave me the tools to work with and for that I’m thankful. I’m always telling people about Dr. Mehta and how he helped change my life.*

    Laura S.
  • I have never felt better physically, emotionally and spiritually in my LIFE! I have made a commitment to myself to live a healthier lifestyle and Dr. Mehta has helped in this decision and choice. Down 80 lbs with the lap band.*

    Dawn B.
  • I chose Dr. Mehta because he came highly recommended by my gastrointestinal doctor. Before surgery my maximum weight was 338 lbs. My current weight, one year post-op is 205 lbs. I had no trouble getting an appointment with Dr. Mehta’s office and I found the staff to be kind and very informative and supportive. Dr. Mehta answered all of my questions thoroughly and was very attentive when I developed post op complications. I have not taken advantage of the support staff in place, but I know they’re available should I need them. I would highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center to anyone considering bariatric surgery. It has made a tremendous impact on my life.*

    Darlene G. Hillsborough, NJ
  • Dr. Mehta and his staff (especially Lulu) are great!! Dr. Mehta has a great bedside manner and takes the time to talk to you and answer any and all questions that you may have. My situation was different than most. I had an old gastric banding placed in back in 1985. My surgery was performed by a surgeon who no longer practices. The banding had gone bad and eroded through my stomach causing a lot of pain. I had gone to many doctors and finally met Dr. Mehta who decided to help me by performing corrective surgery to remove the band and perform the new gastric bypass. I was back up to 225 lbs and I am now down to 140 lbs. My husband met with Dr. Mehta while he was in the hospital and liked his manners and asked me to call him. I had no problem getting an appointment and he explained everything I needed to know. I had the surgery and I am now feeling great and no longer in pain. I love Dr. Mehta and his staff. I felt I made a great choice and I am glad he took my case on and helped me out.*

    Colleen V. Flemington, NJ
  • I heard about Dr. Mehta through my mother. I felt very comfortable around him. At our first meeting, Dr. Mehta explained the procedure and all risks with me. The staff that Dr. Mehta has is very friendly and helpful with all your questions. I felt like Lulu was a personal friend of mine. Before my surgery, I weighed 237 lbs now I am weighing 145 lbs. I feel great!! I have not been able to utilize the Mehta Bariatric Center’s after care program because of where I live, in Delaware. If I lived closer, I wouldn’t hesitate to utilize it. I highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center.*

    Deana C. Newark, NJ