The Lap-Band® Blog

Deciding to Pursue Bariatric Surgery


Have you tried to lose weight in the past but have not found success? If you are beginning to feel hopeless, you aren’t alone. Thousands of individuals have stood in the same place you are right now. It may be time to consider alternative weight-loss options like bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery options include sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, duodenal switch, and gastric banding with the Lap-Band® Program.

Bariatric procedures are life-changing procedures and the decision to pursue surgery should not be taken lightly. It requires a major commitment and willingness to change your life. Individuals must meet specific requirements.

Failed Weight-Loss Attempts

Before individuals are able to undergo a bariatric procedure, they must go through a thorough evaluation by their surgeon. The screening process includes ensuring you are healthy enough for the procedure and that you have failed with more conservative weight-reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.


In order to pursue weight-loss surgery, your BMI must be a certain number. With Lap-Band Surgery, your BMI must be at least 40 kg/m2 or higher, or at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. For instance, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you may qualify for the Lap-Band Procedure at a BMI of 30 kg/m2.

These qualifications are in place to ensure that you lose weight safely. If you are wondering if Lap-Band is right for you, talk to a specialist today.

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