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Are You A Candidate For LAP Band?

Person standing on scaleDetermining Whether You’re A Candidate For LAP Band

With nearly half of the population estimated to be overweight and nearly one-third of those people obese, LAP Band could be the answer to many individuals’ weight loss goals. With obesity comes the risk of hypertension, heart disease, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. The LAP Band can help reduce the risk of these conditions and help you get your life back one healthy choice at a time. The LAP Band procedure is an adjustable weight loss system that allows you to control your weight loss results, so it’s great for people who have unhealthy eating habits that have spun out of control. It’s also a wonderful way to learn how important portion control is to maintaining your ideal body size and weight.

What is LAP Band?

The goal of the LAP Band procedure is to limit the amount of food that goes into your stomach, so you will be able to control your portions more easily. The capacity of your stomach will be limited, so you will also feel fuller longer. A device implanted into the stomach, by a bariatric doctor, will actually alter the shape and size of your stomach in lieu of permanently and surgically changing it. That way you can adjust the device to your weight loss needs and achieve your long term weight loss goals. The LAP Band surgery is determined through your BMI which is a combination of your height and weight.

What Is BMI?

BMI stands for your Body Mass Index. It is calculated by height and weight. So what does your BMI mean?

  • BMI 20 and under: Underweight
  • BMI 20-24.9: Healthy Weight
  • BMI 25-29: Overweight
  • BMI 30-34.9: Class I Obesity
  • BMI 35-39.9: Class II Obesity
  • BMI 40 and over: Class III Obesity

Candidates for LAP Band Surgery usually have a BMI of 30-35+. If you think you are a candidate, check out the tips below.

What You Need To Know If You’re A Candidate

LAP Band procedure usually has a certain set of criteria in order to qualify as a candidate. Criteria includes, but is not limited to:

  • You should be between 18 and 65.
  • As stated before, your BMI plays a big hand in whether or not you are a candidate. Sit down with your doctor and talk about LAP Band. Your insurance may also have a different BMI requirement in order for you to qualify, but your doctor can answer all of these questions.
  • You cannot be dependent upon drugs or alcohol.
  • You must have tried every other method of weight loss in order to be considered.
  • You must know the details of obesity/bariatric surgery, and understand what it can and cannot do. That means having realistic weight loss and healthy living goals.
  • You must talk to your doctor about the mental, physical, emotional and special conditions that can complicate LAP Band.
  • You should be very motivated and willing to make all the nutritional changes and healthy life choices that are needed to make LAP Band a successful weight loss treatment.
  • If you’re ready to know more, simply click here: How Do I Qualify?