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Who Is a Candidate for LAP-BAND Surgery?

A woman on her laptopAlso known as gastric banding, LAP-BAND surgery involves the reduction of a person's stomach size in order to promote safe and rapid weight loss. Rather than surgically reducing the size of a person's stomach, LAP-BAND surgery uses a safe, adjustable silicone band. With a reduced stomach size, patients will feel fuller faster, consume fewer calories during a meal, and lose weight thanks to the reduced consumption of calories.

LAP-BAND surgery can change your life for the better. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center would like to consider who the ideal candidates are for LAP-BAND surgery. We'll also note alternatives to the LAP-BAND procedure that may also prove helpful.

General Candidacy for LAP-BAND Surgery

Good candidates for LAP-BAND surgery are people who are at least 18 years old and who struggle with obesity or morbid obesity. They should be healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure without significant risk of an adverse medical complication.

During the consultation process, you'll learn about all of the potential risks following LAP-BAND surgery so you can have realistic expectations about the procedure and what it involves. This also allows patients to prepare for the various diet and lifestyle changes that go along with bariatric surgery treatments.

BMI and LAP-BAND Surgery

A person's body mass index (BMI) can play a major role in determining candidacy for surgery. The BMI is a value that considers the height and weight of a person. Calculating these numbers helps determine their ideal and healthy weight range.

To qualify for LAP-BAND surgery, a person must have a BMI of at least 30. If you have a very high BMI, you may not be an ideal candidate for LAP-BAND and may be recommended another weight loss procedure instead.

Health Issues That Can Be Remedied by LAP-BAND Surgery

A number of health problems and health risks are associated with obesity. If you suffer from or are at risk for the following obesity-related medical conditions, LAP-BAND surgery might be right for you:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain

A Commitment to Improving Your Lifestyle After Surgery

The bariatric surgery is just half the battle. After having a LAP-BAND placed, patients must commit themselves to improving their diet and exercise habits. This helps promote weight loss in the first year after surgery and also helps ensure continued weight loss in the years ahead.

Reasons Why LAP-BAND Surgery May NOT Be Right for You

While LAP-BAND surgery is great for many people who are obese or morbidly obese, there are cases in which the surgery might not be ideal for you. You may not be able to undergo LAP-BAND surgery if:

  • You are currently pregnant
  • You suffer from inflammatory bowel disease
  • You suffer from cirrhosis
  • You suffer from severe heart disease
  • You suffer from severe lung disease
  • You suffer from chronic kidney disease

Other issues may also prevent you from undergoing LAP-BAND surgery.

Going Over Your Weight Loss Surgery Options

In addition to LAP-BAND surgery, patients may be eligible or better candidates for gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) or gastric bypass surgery. We can detail all of your surgical weight loss options in more detail during a consultation with our team.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center

To learn more about LAP-Band surgery and how it can help you achieve a more ideal weight, be sure to contact our advanced bariatric surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center is here to help you achieve total wellness.

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