Surgery is an option for patients with severe obesity (BMI equal to or greater than 40 kg/m² or BMI equal to or greater than 35 kg/m² with significant risk factors).
Prior to using that option, other non-invasive methods of treatment for effective weight loss must have been tried without success. To find out if you are a candidate for surgery, use our BMI calculator below.
Body mass index (BMI) is a statistical measure of body fat based upon the height and weight of adults 20 years and older. Laparoscopic gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric balloon are available for patients with BMI 30 and greater with co-morbidity.
Although, at this BMI, the insurance companies will not cover the cost of surgery, as they consider it a cosmetic procedure. Patients in this category may also qualify for liposuction procedures that will directly remove localize fatty tissue.
Our Los Angeles bariatric experts will help you understand which category of obesity you fall within, and which would be the best option for your weight loss journey. Find your BMI by entering your gender, weight, height, and age. Then, click “Calculate BMI.”
|Category||BMI range - Inch|
|Severe Thinness||< 16|
|Moderate Thinness||16 - 17|
|Mild Thinness||17 - 18.5|
|Normal||18.5 - 25|
|Overweight||25 - 30|
|Obese Class I||30 - 35|
|Obese Class II||35 - 40|
|Obese Class III||> 40|