Bariatric surgery, and the lifestyle changes required to achieve your desired outcome, requires a serious commitment on your part. But your commitment also comes with a promise from the Bariatric and Metabolic Interdisciplinary Clinic (BMI Clinic) to do everything we can to help you succeed. Stanford's Bariatric Surgery Clinic is the first Center of Excellence in Northern California to achieve Level 1A certification by the American College of Surgeons.
Care and Treatment of Bariatric and Metabolic Disorders
Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Overweight or obese?
Overweight and obesity are not the same, rather they represent different points on the same path of weight, ranging from underweight to obese. Where you fall on this path is determined by Body Mass Index (BMI).
BMI is a measure of weight proportionate to height. Generally, BMI is considered an effective way to evaluate whether a person is overweight or obese, though there are exceptions to the rule. Some muscular people may have a BMI that puts them in the overweight range. However, these people are not considered overweight because muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a BMI from 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal while a BMI of more than 25 is considered overweight. A person is considered obese if the BMI is above 30, and severely obese if the BMI is above 40.
You are underweight. Generally, it’s better to be underweight than overweight. However, being underweight also can indicate an undiagnosed medical condition. Check with your primary care provider to make sure you’re healthy at your current weight.
Congratulations! Your body mass index falls within a healthy range. Keep doing what you’re doing with your healthy habits.
You’re overweight. This can lead to medical problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. Learn more about the medical weight loss program we offer at the Stanford BMI Clinic for the tools and support you need to lose that excess weight and avoid obesity-related conditions. We’re here to help every step of the way.
Your BMI falls into the obese range. You’re not alone. Over 45 million Americans have a BMI above 30, just like you do. Obesity can lead to serious medical issues like type 2 diabetes and hypertension. You should take steps to lose weight in order to avoid these obesity-related conditions. Call the Stanford BMI Clinic at 650-736-5800 to learn more about our comprehensive bariatric surgery and medical weight loss programs.
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Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Diagnostic tests completed within six months prior to surgery
Bring or mail ahead of time the results of your diagnostic tests, your completed Patient Questionnaire and Food Diary. You can also receive a copies of forms from our New Patient Coordinator at650-736-7102.
Tip: We receive hundreds of faxes daily. Please send any information via overnight mail services so that you will have a tracking number and will allow us to securely receive your paperwork, labs and consultations.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
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