Have you ever wondered how your BMI could affect your decision to have the surgery of your dreams? Is it possible that all your plans could be ruined by just three letters? Yes, it could. So, let’s look at the ins and outs of BMI in surgical medicine.
In a game of body weight, BMI (Body Mass Index) is like the referee with the whistle. Based on your height and weight, it estimates the amount of fat in your body by calculating BMI = kg/m2 (where kg is your weight and m2 is your height in cubic meters) and categorizes you as underweight, normal weight or overweight. And yes, you can also pretty easily join the high BMI club, but that is the place you definitely don’t want to join the high BMI club, it’s not fun there.
For example, if you are 185cm and weigh 80kg, the calculation is as follows: 80/1.85^2 = 23.37
💪 A healthy BMI range is between 18.5 – 24.9.
😬BMI 25 – 29.9 is overweight.
🚫BMI 30 and above is classified as obese.
What can a high BMI complicate?
There are many risks associated with a high BMI. In our opinion, the two most significant risks are the following – difficulties with anesthesia and complications with wound healing. We think it is important for you to understand these risks before your operation.
People with a high BMI may have difficulty receiving an anesthetic. The effectiveness of anesthetics can be significantly altered by a high BMI, and the anesthetist will need to take this into account. Not only does this make it difficult to achieve the desired level of anesthesia, it also increases the risk of complications during and after surgery.
Another important and sensitive process that can be made more difficult by a high BMI is wound healing after surgery. This is because being overweight puts extra strains on the body, which reduces the body’s ability to repair itself. This leads to longer recovery times and increased susceptibility to infection. Complications in wound healing not only affect the aesthetic outcome, but also increase the risk of more serious health problems.
The magic of a stable BMI
If we were to sum up the issue of BMI in a nutshell, it would be this: Maintaining a stable weight, or BMI, is like giving your body a VIP ticket to a successful operation. It’s not just about looking good, it’s about making the whole process of elective surgery smooth and, most importantly, safe for yourhealth.