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Am I A Candidate

The team at Alabama Surgical Associates is committed to helping patients maintain long term weight loss and improve their lives.

Dr. Doucette and our team believe weight loss surgery is one part of a comprehensive and lifelong journey to better health, rather than a “quick fix.” It is important to understand the qualifications necessary to have bariatric surgery as well as the lifestyle changes needed to ensure successful long-term weight loss and health maintenance.

Why Choose Weight Loss Surgery?

People seek weight loss surgery for a number of reasons, including to improve health, regain personal confidence, and benefit their families. Our patients have typically tried dieting, exercise and even other weight loss programs or procedures, but the results have been unsatisfactory or they have not been able to maintain their weight loss. When they come to us, they are seeking a long term solution. While weight loss surgery is very effective, it is only one of the resources needed to maintain weight loss. The team at Alabama Surgical Associates strives to equip patients with the tools, education, and care to reach their health goals. Many patients have chosen our practice to assist them in their weight loss journey, and we have been honored to see their lives happily transformed.

Who Qualifies for Weight Loss Surgery?

During a consultation with Dr. Doucette, your specific health needs will be assessed. People who meet the following qualifications may be candidates for weight loss surgery:

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI of 40 or 35 with related medical problems including: high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, worn joints, acid reflux, and fatty liver among other problems.

Age 18-70

Most of our patients are between the ages of 18 and 70 although patients over 70 years old may be candidates depending on their medical history and overall health status.

Physical Exam

Completion of a thorough physical exam and medical history discussion with our surgeon.

Lifestyle Changes

Willingness and motivation to commit to a new lifestyle which includes healthy eating and exercise.

Calculate Your BMI

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Your Results
BMI < 20
BMI 20 - 24.9
Healthy Weight
BMI 25 - 29.9
BMI 30 - 34.9
Class 1 Obesity
BMI 35 - 39.9
Class 2 Obesity
BMI 40 - 49.9
Class 3 Obesity
BMI > 50
Class 4 Obesity

Start Your Weight Loss Journey

We often hear from patients that their only regret is not starting sooner. If you would like to meet with Dr. Doucette to discuss your options for surgical weight loss, call us at (256) 880-1977 or click here for a free insurance check. Our patient coordinator will be able to help you with insurance and financing questions as well.