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Weight-Loss Options Based on BMI

Obesity Excess Weight

If you would like to explore medical weight-loss options in the Houston area, the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery provides a wide range of alternatives, which are designed to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Our weight loss options include medical treatment programs and bariatric surgery at one of many convenient locations. During your consultation, you will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative so that you can make an informed choice that's right for you. UT MIST provides a comprehensive treatment approach to help you succeed during each step of your life-changing journey to better health and wellness.

Begin by calculating your BMI, and then feel free to explore your alternatives below. You will discover that not all weight loss options are appropriate for everyone. Often our patients find that they need to combine more than one option to achieve optimal outcomes and improvements to their health. Like the thousands of patients before you, you can trust the specialists at UT MIST to help you make sense of your alternatives so you can choose what's best for you.

If you're ready to discuss your weight-loss options with a specialist, phone our Houston office at (713) 892-5500, or

Medical Management and Weight Loss Surgery Options in Houston

See below to determine which weight-loss options correspond with your BMI. In many cases, you will have multiple treatment options, including surgery. During your consultation at UT MIST, your surgeon can help you select the best option based on your goals, your needs, and your lifestyle.

BMI of 25 to 30: Treatment Options

People with a BMI of 25 to 30 (Overweight) are typically 30 to 50 pounds overweight. If you are in this category, you should make every effort to bring your BMI back into a healthy range so that you do not gain more or suffer from related health consequences. Most people in this category attempt to lose excess weight with a sensible diet and exercise program, but because many suffer from "yo-yo" gains and losses, they benefit from the help of a weight-loss specialist. For this group, the best treatment option is a medical weight-loss program at the UT Center for Obesity Medicine & Metabolic Performance.

BMI of 30 to 35: Treatment Options

People with a BMI of 30 to 35 (Class 1 Obesity) are typically 50 to 75 pounds overweight. Those extra pounds can cause or exacerbate multiple other diseases, reduce lifespan, and decrease quality of life. For this group, UT MIST offers the following weight-loss options:

Often our patients obtain the most successful results when they combine a non-surgical weight-loss program with a bariatric surgical procedure. Patients with a BMI of 30 to 35 with co-morbid medical conditions may be good candidates for bariatric surgery.

BMI of 35 to 40: Treatment Options

People with a BMI of 35 to 40 (Class 2 Severe Obesity) are typically 75 to 100 pounds overweight. In this category, additional pounds can cause a host of obesity-related health risks, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many others. If you are in this category and have obesity-related health conditions, most major insurance companies will cover your weight loss surgery. Options for this group include the following:

To obtain optimal outcomes, many of our patients combine bariatric surgery with a non-surgical weight-loss program.

BMI of 40 or Above: Weight Loss Surgery Options in Houston

People with a BMI of 40 or above (Class 3 Severe Obesity) are typically 100 or more pounds overweight. Many suffer from obesity-related health risks and have an increased risk of dying. If you are in this category, most major insurance companies will cover your weight loss surgery. Options for this group offered at UT MIST include the following:

Patients with Class-3 Obesity typically obtain the best results by combining treatment options. For instance, they may begin by combining a bariatric procedure such as sleeve gastrectomy with a medical weight-loss program. After losing a certain percentage of their weight, they will proceed with a second procedure, such as gastric bypass surgery.

The best way to determine your optimal weight-loss options is to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, so why wait? Phone our office at (713) 892-5500, or

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The UT MIST/UT COMMP team includes board-certified surgeons and obesity medicine specialists who are among the most highly trained in the country. They offer the most advanced minimally invasive technologies and techniques available for weight loss surgery, and will work with you to provide the best possible care.