Are you a Candidate
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 is available for patients with BMI 30 and greater with co-morbidity. Although at this BMI the insurance companies will not cover the cost of the surgery because they consider it a cosmetic procedure. Patients in this category often may also qualify for liposuction procedures that will directly remove localize fatty tissue. Los Angeles bariatric experts will help you understand which category of obesity you fall in and what would be the best option for losing weight for you. To compute your BMI, enter your gender, weight, height, and age then click the “Calculate BMI".