Calculate Your BMI
At Lenox Hill Hospital, our surgeons care deeply about the health of their patients. That’s why we take the time to carefully evaluate each patient to determine the best weight loss solution for them. One factor in our evaluation is BMI.
Using the tool below you can calculate your BMI to determine whether you might qualify for weight loss surgery. In most cases, a BMI of 40 or higher is required for weight loss surgery. If you have a high risk for co-morbid conditions, you may qualify for surgery with a BMI of 35 or higher.
|18.5 - 24.9||Normal Weight||Minimal|
|25 - 29.9||Overweight||Increased|
|30 - 34.9||Obese||High|
|35 - 39.9||Severely Obese||Very High|
|40+||Morbidly Obese||Extremely High|
If your BMI was higher than 30, you may be an eligible
candidate for weight loss surgery.
While BMI is a major criterion for identifying bariatric surgery candidates, several other factors must also be considered. At Lenox Hill Hospital, we also consider the following factors for individuals considering bariatric surgery:
- Non-surgical weight loss options: Making the decision to undergo bariatric surgery is a big commitment. Because of this, we will first work with candidates to ensure they have explored available non-surgical weight loss options. Our staff will provide resources for options like diet change, behavior modification, and exercise. After you have explored all available non-surgical options we will consider bariatric surgery as the primary option and work with you to determine which surgery is best for you.
- Underlying Causes: When considering bariatric surgery options, it is important to explore the cause of your excess weight. Rarely, excess weight is the result of an underlying medical or hormonal condition. In such cases, non-surgical medical weight loss is typically the best solution. Even when bariatric surgery isn't optimal, we will always work to find a solution that is the best fit for you.
- Communication and Information: Before undergoing bariatric surgery, it is important that you are fully informed. Our staff and surgeons will fully explain all expected results and possible complications. Being fully informed will provide realistic expectations - which we have found to improve patient results.
- Surgery Risks: Any surgery, including bariatric surgery, carries with it some amount of risk. As we inform you on the details of the bariatric procedure itself, we also want you to be aware of any risks involved. While surgical complications are reasonably rare, they are always present and we will work to minimize them as best we can.
- Commitment: Bariatric surgery requires commitment. Pre- and post-surgical commitments to diet, exercise, and lifestyle change are an important part of your weight loss success. At MMIBS we want to see our patients succeed, so our staff will work hard to ensure you understand and are ready for the commitments ahead.