Doctor holding tablet that says BMI to illustrate BMI for Gastric Bypass

BMI For Gastric Bypass: What It Means For Patients

What is BMI? Body Mass Index is a screening tool that your surgical team uses to estimate the amount of body fat. BMI alone does not diagnose health, but is used with other tools and tests to evaluate health status and risks.

In general, the following BMI ranges classify different weight types:

  • Underweight: Less than 18.5 kg/m2
  • Optimum range: 18.5-24.9 kg/m2
  • Overweight: 25-29.9 kg/m2
  • Class I obesity: 30-34.9 kg/m2
  • Class II obesity: 35-39.9 kg/m2
  • Class III obesity: More than 40 kg/m2

When it comes to qualifying for gastric bypass surgery, patients need to be at least 18 years old, have a BMI of 40 or greater or have a BMI of at least 35 and at least one related medically diagnosed condition that are caused by obesity, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes.

To determine if you are a good candidate for Gastric Bypass, it is important to talk to our experienced team at Olde Del Mar Surgical. We will look closely at your health history and chronic conditions to ensure that there are no outstanding factors that could be harmful to you if you undergo surgery. If weight loss surgery proves to be a good option, we will answer your questions and walk you through the next steps to ensure you are ready to move forward.

Based on your BMI, chronic health issues, eating and exercise habits, and previous attempts at weight loss, the surgical options of Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, and Single Anastomosis Duodenal Ileal Bypass with Sleeve will be reviewed and discussed in detail include. Regardless of the type of surgery, or if after a consult we decide on non-surgical procedures, you will be treated with the utmost care and attention

Call our team at Olde Del Mar Surgical today to schedule your consultation and determine if bariatric surgery is right for you. If you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, our team will go over all the details for you and answer any questions you may have, including those that have to do with insurance companies and/or financing your care.

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