Are you a Candidate

Weight loss surgery is life changing and, as a result, psychological issues can arise before, during and after surgery that you may not have experienced before. Dr. Golden can help! Prior to weight loss surgery, Dr. Golden can provide you with the required pre-surgical psychological evaluation and testing needed to determine if you have any psychological conditions that may hinder your abililty to achieve long term weight loss success through bariatric surgery. 

Surgery is an option for patients with severe obesity (BMI  equal to or greater than 40 kg/m² or BMI equal to or greater than  35 kg/m² with co-morbid medical risk factors). Prior to bariatric surgery, other non-invasive methods of treatment must have been tried without success. If you are not sure you are ready to have weight loss surgery and would like to attempt lifestyle change without surgery or if you do not qualify for surgery but would still like to lose weight, Dr. Golden can help you begin the process of healthy change.  

To find out if you are a candidate for surgery, use the BMI calcualtor below. 

Your BMI:
Your Height:


Your Weight: (pounds)  

Body mass index (BMI) is a statistical measure of body fat based upon the height and weight of adults, 20 years and older.

To compute your BMI, enter your height and weight then click the “Compute BMI” button.

      BMI Categories:

  • Underweight = less than 18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight = 25 to 29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
  • Morbid Obesity = 35 or greater in the presence of co-morbid medical conditions; 40 or greater without co-morbid medical conditions

Underweight: Your BMI is less than 18.5, indicating your weight is in the underweight category for adults of your height. You may not be getting enough of the right foods. This can lead to a weakened immune system, fragile bones, and other related health problems.

Normal: Your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, indicating your weight is within the normal range for adults of your height.  Maintaining a healthy weight may reduce the risk of chronic diseases associated with overweight and obesity.

Overweight: Your BMI is 25 to 29.9, indicating your weight is in the overweight category for adults of your height.

Obesity: Your BMI is 30 or higher, indicating your weight is in the obese category for adults of your height.

Morbid Obesity: Your BMI is 35 or higher with co-morbid medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease, among others), or if your BMI is 40 or higher, you are considered morbidly obese even if you do not have any co-morbid medical conditions. Those in the morbidly obese category are at risk of death from complications related to excess weight.
People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic life-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep apnea. At a minimum, anyone who is overweight or obese should try to avoid gaining additional weight. Ideally, anyone who is obese should try to lose weight. Even a small weight loss (just 10% of your current weight) may help lower the risk of disease. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine appropriate ways to lose weight.


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Dallas, TX 75231
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