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BMI Requirements for Bariatric Surgery

By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on March 07, 2017

BMI calculationWeight is often considered to be a cosmetic issue. However, excess weight becomes a real problem when it begins to interfere with a person’s health. Individuals with a high BMI, especially those who fall in the “obese” category, are at an increased risk for a number of health problems, including type two diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Bariatric surgery alters the size of the stomach to decrease the amount of food that can be digested by the body so that it is easier for patients to lose weight. Dr. Jacqueline Osuna discusses bariatric surgery and BMI requirements with patients from Tijuana, MX and Guadalajara, MX to determine if they are ideal candidates for this weight-loss procedure.

Am I a Bariatric Surgery Candidate?

Bariatric surgery is a serious surgical procedure that carries a certain degree of risk. Because this is such an invasive procedure, Dr. Osuna is cautious when determining whether a patient is an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery.

First, a patient must be significantly overweight. Bariatric surgery is not a procedure for someone looking to lose just 20 or 30 pounds. Second, the patient has to be willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will ensure the long-term success of the procedure. Patients will need to be willing to make serious nutritional lifestyle changes, as well as commit to a more active lifestyle. Finally, the patient must be considered mentally and physically well enough to undergo surgery. Dr. Osuna will perform a thorough evaluation of all patients before determining if they are ideal candidates for bariatric surgery.

BMI Requirements

BMI, or body mass index, is one of the main factors that are taken into consideration when determining bariatric surgery candidacy. BMI is a calculation that takes into account a person’s weight in proportion to their height. A person with a BMI of 40 or higher is considered extremely obese. Individuals with a BMI in the extremely obese range are generally considered ideal candidates for bariatric surgery.

Many bariatric surgery patients fall into the “obese” category of the BMI chart. These patients have a BMI that falls between 35 and 39.9. Patients with a BMI in this range are also most likely to be ideal candidates for bariatric surgery. Obese patients are particularly good candidates for bariatric surgery if they have other health issues that are related to their excess weight.

In most cases, bariatric surgery is not the right option for a patient who has a BMI lower than 35. However, in rare cases, a patient with a BMI between 30 and 34 may be eligible to undergo weight-loss surgery. When a patient’s BMI is in this range, bariatric surgery will be considered if a patient is experiencing serious health-related problems.

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BMI is an important aspect of candidacy for bariatric surgery, but there are other factors to take into consideration. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery is to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Jacqueline Osuna. If you’d like to know if bariatric surgery is right for you, contact us at your earliest convenience.

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