Is LAP-BAND® Right for You?

Before you can use the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System, you need to qualify medically. Your physician or surgeon needs to know that you're healthy enough for the minimally invasive procedure. While only a physician or surgeon can give you a complete medical evaluation, the criteria listed here should help you get started.

The LAP-BAND® System may be right for
you if:1

  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at least 40, or
    • you are at least 30 pounds overweight with a BMI of at least 30 kg/m² with one or more obesity related comorbid condition. You can determine your BMI using the BMI Calculator.

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Keep in mind that only a qualified physician or surgeon will properly evaluate all the factors in your case. This result is a guideline for you and can help you make the decision to seek more information about weight loss surgery using the LAP-BAND® System.

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • Your serious weight loss attempts have had only short-term success.
  • You are not currently suffering from any other disease that may have caused your excess weight.
  • You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
  • You do not drink alcohol in excess.
  • You are not currently pregnant. (Patients who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.)

The LAP-BAND® System is a minimally invasive procedure that has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight.2 But be aware that there are reasons why you may not be a candidate.

The LAP-BAND® System is not right for
you if:1

  • You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn's disease.
  • You have severe heart or lung disease, or any other disease that makes you a poor candidate for any surgery.
  • You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach. That might include esophageal or gastric varices (dilated veins). It might also be something such as congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia (dilation of a small blood vessel).
  • You have portal hypertension.
  • Your esophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal (congenital or acquired). For instance, you might have a narrowed opening.
  • You have/experienced an intraoperative gastric injury, such as a gastric perforation at or near the location of the intended band placement.
  • You have cirrhosis.
  • You have chronic pancreatitis.
  • You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
  • You have an infection anywhere in your body, or one that could contaminate the surgical area.
  • You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
  • You might be allergic to materials in the device.
  • You cannot tolerate pain from an implanted device.
  • You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. The same is true if you have symptoms of one of these diseases.

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