How can you reduce the risks related to a high BMI? We can help you.

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A high BMI plays an important role in planned surgery. Clinics are often wary of accepting a patientwith a BMI over 30. The reason for this cautious approach is the increased risks associated with surgery.

Why being so skeptical?

Plastic surgery clinics often have strict rules about patient selection, especially for procedures that require general anesthesia. One of the main reasons for this caution is the increased risks involved. Patients with a higher BMI are more likely to have complications such as delayed wound healing, infection, and blood clots during and after surgery. Anesthesia itself is at risk, as anesthetic doses must be adjusted to take weight into account. The heart and respiratory system are also put under a lot of strain during the operation. Basically, you´re putting all your vital organs at risk, and you don´t want to take any unnecessary risks.

Tips for high BMI patients considering surgery

If you are considering surgery and have a high BMI, there are proactive steps you can take to prepare for surgery and improve outcomes:

  • Consult with a bariatric specialist: Before undergoing plastic surgery, consider consulting with a specialist to explore weight loss options tailored to your needs. For patients with a BMI over 30, intragastric balloons or gastric sleeves may be recommended.
  • Lifestyle changes: A healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, can help you achieve gradual and lasting weight loss. Incorporating cardiovascular activity, strength training and conscious eating habits can contribute to overall weight loss.
  • Open communication with your surgeon: Maintain open and honest communication with your plastic surgeon throughout the process. Discuss your concerns, goals and any medical conditions that may affect your candidacy for surgery. Your surgeon can provide you with personalized recommendations and guidelines based on your individual circumstances.


By taking a proactive approach to weight management and working closely with your healthcare team, you can achieve BMI reduction and navigate your surgical journey with confidence. At ROYAL MEDICAL, we treat bariatric patients with personalised care because we understand how complex the journey is. Do not hesitate to contact us, we are happy to help you plan your journey to your dream body.

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