Obesity is a major health concern that affects both adults and adolescents. In the state of Texas between 30 and 35% of adults were considered obese in 2018, and the numbers are increasing.

While changes in diet and more exercise are the first, and most preferred, way to lose and maintain your weight, some people need additional help. Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, can be used to help you get to a healthier weight and a healthier lifestyle so you can maintain it for a longer, healthier life.

Dr. Drew Howard serves patients in The Woodlands and surrounding areas including Spring, Conroe, Kingwood and Houston.

Are You A Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Not everyone can use surgery for long-term weight loss. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have offered guidelines to better understand if it may be time to talk to a bariatric surgeon. 

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Good candidates for weight loss surgery typically meet the following criteria:

  • Previous attempts at weight loss have not been successful.
  • No medical or psychological conditions exist that would make surgery too risky.
  • The patient is motivated and willing to undergo surgery and a complete change in lifestyle.


  • BMI (body mass index) is 40 or above. 


  • BMI is 35 or above with the presence of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia or other serious complications of obesity.

Patients with a BMI of 30 to 35 may be considered on a case-by-case basis, especially if there are other medical conditions that can be relieved by weight loss. However, those with a lower BMI are not usually covered by their insurance plan for weight loss surgery.

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Have more questions about weight loss surgery? 

Read our frequently asked questions.

FAQ About Weight Loss Surgery



Dr. Howard partners with Bariatric Advantage to provide his patients with quality vitamins supplements support proper nutrition before and after bariatric surgery.

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