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Mark A. Wolgin, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialist (Fellowship Trained) in Spinal and Foot/Ankle Surgery, Albany, GA, Office Phone 229-883-4707

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Obesity/Overweight
 

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a way to characterize your height and weight stand with regard to normal values, and can be used to determine whether you are underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.
 
A BMI at or above 25 is a risk factor for obesity related conditions:  
 
--arthritis
--back pain
--cardiorespiratory disease
--diabetes, type II
--dyslipidemia (abnormal fats in bloodstream, leading to clogged arteries)
--sleep apnea (trouble breathing while sleeping)
--some types of cancer

and increased risks for any potential surgical intervention:
--difficulties with anesthesia/intubation (putting in the breathing tube)/ventilation (mechanical breathing)
--increased risk of pressure sores and muscle damage
--higher risk of infections, wound problems, hardware (if implanted) failure, and other complications

BMI Categories:

  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
  • Overweight = 25–29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
 
A BMI below 18 increases your risk for osteoporosis.
 
The BMI can be calculated via this link.

On certain occasions, when all non-surgical methods of weight loss have been tried without success, surgical consultations are needed, such as lap band surgery.