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Spinal fusion and BMI

Lachlan KeirLLachlan Keir Posts: 1
edited 03/07/2015 - 7:57 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi everyone,

I had a major spinal fusion surgery six years ago and have recovered quite well, especially when I remember to exercise it :) I've joined these forums to ask a question that's always been bugging me and that I've never remembered to ask my doctors about; how much does a spinal fusion actually weigh? See, I'm applying for a job that has a maximum BMI requirement, and I'm worried that the weight of the surgical titanium in my spine might push me into a higher category than my actual body fat would indicate.

So how heavy is a spinal fusion, and should I briefly explain that the weight of the spinal fusion shouldn't be counted towards my body weight for BMI purposes in my job application?

(P.S.: I know that the BMI is not an accurate measure of how healthy your weight is even when you don't have surgical metal in your spine, so please don't tell me about that. I didn't choose to use BMI).


  • BMI are not specifically based on how much you weigh, more so the body fat measurements are taken based on how much you weigh as well as typically how large your neck is and how large your waist is. When I went to join the army and had a BMI test done that is the manner in which they measured me.
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  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I have to agree with PaulMt and for what it is worth that titanium you have implanted in you won't make a bit of difference. I have huge amounts of titanium in several parts of my body and if I totaled it all up it would amount to a few ounces much less than 1/2 pound.
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