What is BMI?

BMI, or body mass index, is a calculation based on your height and weight to place you in one of four categories: underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese. Your BMI gives an idea of your potential health risks based on your weight.

Bariatric surgery is an option for adults who have clinically severe obesity:

  • BMI great than 40
  • BMI of greater than 30 with serious health problems linked to obesity. Health problems include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or severe sleep apnea (when breathing stops for short periods during sleep).

Having surgery to produce weight loss is a serious decision. Anyone thinking about having this surgery should know what it involves. The U.S. National Institutes of Health recommends bariatric surgery for obese people with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, and for people with BMI 35 and serious coexisting medical conditions such as diabetes. However, new research suggests it could be appropriate for those with a BMI of 35 to 40 with no other coexisting medical conditions or a BMI of 30 to 35 with other related and significant medical conditions.

Dr. Hanna is a highly trained, experienced Las Vegas bariatric surgery provider who has completed many years of academic training and several hands-on internships and residencies. Dr. Hanna’s extensive surgical background allows him to confidently perform sophisticated bariatric surgery procedures in Las Vegas.


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