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Why won’t My Surgeon perform surgery if i’m over 32 BMI?


Overweight can make surgeries more dangerous for patients and complicated for surgeons. Patients over 32 BMI are more susceptible to risks, such as surgical site infections.

What is BMI?

BMI stands for “body mass index”. BMI is calculated by dividing weight over height. The metric calculation is kg/m2 (kg is a your weight in kilograms and m2 is your height in meters). For example if someone weighs 203 lbs (92 kg) and is 5’9” (1.75m) their BMI would be 30.

Why Won’t My Surgeon Perform Surgery if I’m Over 32 BMI?

Your surgeon will use your BMI when determining your risk-level for surgery–many of the surgeons we’ve spoken to want to keep a patient’s BMI under 32. Patients with obesity are more likely to have certain diseases and conditions that increase the risk of surgery.

Remember, maximum BMI for a surgery is 32. Please, first see your BMI and know if you are suitable for a surgery.

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