Bariatric Weight Guidelines (and How to Calculate Your Own BMI)
Weight Guidelines and Other Criteria for Bariatric Surgery
The approved guidelines for bariatric surgery include a combination of bariatric weight minimums and body mass index (BMI) criteria for the following:
- BMI of less than or equal to 40, and 100 pounds overweight
- BMI of less than or equal to 35, and a medical condition (for example, type II diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, or sleep apnea)
Is Weight-Loss Surgery for Slightly Overweight Individuals an Option?
A bariatric surgeon does consider weight-loss surgery for people who have not been able to lose weight after a sustained period of time and effort (eating healthy, exercising). If, however, a person has a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9, they likely would not be considered for bariatric surgery (because this BMI range is within “normal” limits.) To give you an idea of a “normal” BMI, versus an overweight BMI or BMI that is considered obese, take a look at this comparison: Height: 5’10’ + Weight: 170 pounds = 24.2 BMI (normal) Height: 5’10’ + Weight: 180 pounds = 25.62 BMI (overweight) Height: 5’10’ + Weight: 250 pounds = 35.59 BMI (overweight) A BMI of 40 or higher is considered morbidly obese. You can calculate your own BMI, using the helpful calculator provided by The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Learning More About Bariatric Weight With Dr. Benavente
Dr. Benavente encourages questions about bariatric weight and surgery. His compassionate nature and expertise in minimally-invasive bariatric surgical approaches have gained him recognition throughout the Greater Michiana area. He welcomes you to schedule a consultation to discuss your weight-loss goals and answer any questions you may have. Or, feel free to reach out for questions at 574-236-1888—it’s time!