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Calculate Your BMI

Body Mass Index (BMI) is measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. BMI does not differentiate between body fat and muscle mass. Therefore, body builders and people who have a lot of muscle bulk will have a high BMI but are not overweight or obese.

It’s important to note that BMI is not a diagnostic tool. Whether a person has a high BMI or low BMI, an individual’s personal measurement should be left to a reputable doctor to determine if excess weight is a health risk.

Your BMI is

Below 18.5


18.5 – 24.9


25.0 – 29.9


30.0 – 34.9


35.0 – 40.0+

Morbidly Obese

40 +

Morbidly Obese

*Not all insurance companies cover weight loss surgery, and the criteria for each insurance company is different. Just meeting the BMI requirement is unfortunately not the only requirement, but it’s at least a necessary starting point.

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Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve is a relatively new surgical technique for weight loss. You may be a candidate for this procedure if your body mass index (BMI) is greater than or equal to 40.

Gastric sleeve may be an option for you if you are severely obese and have not been able to shed your pounds through diet and exercise. The procedure, along with lifestyle modifications such as the right proportion of healthy food and exercise, can help improve your overall health and quality of life.

Gastric sleeve works by changing the structure and reducing the size of your stomach. About two-thirds of your stomach is surgically removed during this procedure. At the end of the procedure, patients will have a smaller stomach that fills up quicker, which will limit the quantity of food you eat and the amount of calories absorbed by your body.

Gastric sleeve is performed laparoscopically. A laparoscope is a small tube like instrument fitted with a camera on the end. The camera is connected to a video monitor and allows your surgeon to see inside your abdomen to perform the surgery.

Gastric sleeve is an inpatient procedure requiring an overnight hospital stay. The surgery takes about 60 to 90 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may be given a clear liquid diet the day of your surgery. You will be given medications to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. You will be provided with a special diet plan to avoid stretching your stomach.

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery

48 Medical Park Dr. E Suite 150
Birmingham, AL 35235

(205) 833-6907

Hours of Operation

Monday–Thursday: 8 AM–5 PM
Friday: 8 AM-4 PM