Weight loss surgery eligibility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one third of American adults—more than 25 percent of adults in New Hampshire—are obese.

At Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s New Hampshire Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Center, we offer bariatric surgery to patients who are in need of a more permanent weight loss solution. Our bariatric programs offers education and support to help patients make the decision, and help to create a follow-up plan to increase the chances of success.

What is obesity?

Obesity, by definition, means your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher, which usually means you are 20 percent or more over ideal body weight. Morbid obesity is defined as having a BMI of 40 or higher and typically means that you are 100 pounds or more overweight.

Excess weight substantially increases the risk of:

  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia (abnormal concentrations of lipids in the blood)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Reflux disease
  • Infertility
  • Skin infections
  • Endometrial, breast, prostate and colon cancers

Significant weight loss can decrease the odds of developing one or more of these conditions.

Do I qualify?

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old or older
  • Are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
  • Have a BMI over 40
  • Have a BMI between 35-39 and have one or more serious health conditions related to morbid obesity
  • Are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even with medically supervised dieting

Patients who come to the surgical weight loss program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital are tested for a range of health concerns. Beyond this, we offer psychological assessments and education about behavior modification, physical therapy and nutrition. Patients who choose to participate in the program are required to lose a percent of their body weight through diet and exercise.

Conditions that prevent an individual from receiving weight loss surgery include:

  • Alcoholism and other substance abuse problems
  • Impaired liver function
  • Treatable hormonal causes of obesity, serious psychological illness and pregnancy

Healthy living calculator

Use our healthy living calculator to determine your BMI, ideal body weight and other health measures based on national standards. Remember that all health situations are different and a healthcare professional can more accurately determine your individual health status.

Attend an information session

Your first step in determining whether bariatric surgery is right for you is to attend one of our free weight loss information seminars, designed to provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery.

View dates and register online for an upcoming sessions or call (603) 334-2006. You may also walk in and register at the seminar.

Preparing for your weight loss surgery

Just as your decision to have weight loss surgery has been an educational journey, your preoperative preparation, hospital stay and follow-up also require planning and research. Knowing what to expect can take the surprises out of the process and make you feel more comfortable along the way.

Things to do before your surgery:

  • Attend a free in person or online informational session
  • Submit your application
  • Meet with the bariatric nurse practitioner
  • Get a comprehensive psychological screening
  • Meet for a dietary consultation
  • Consult with a physical therapist
  • Attend behavior modification classes
  • Lose preoperative weight
  • Receive surgical clearance from one of our bariatric surgeons
  • Discuss and plan a support system for recovery following surgery

The cost of weight loss surgery is covered by many insurance companies. All applications are reviewed by our insurance liaison to verify coverage.