Bariatric surgery is a procedure designed to make the stomach smaller so the patient feels satisfied with less food. [LINK TO 1.10.4 GLOSSARY: BARIATRIC] It is intended for people who are 100 pounds or more overweight (with a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater) and who have not had success with other weight loss therapies such as diet, exercise, medications, etc. A person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater and one or more co-morbid condition also may qualify for bariatric surgery.