A lot of people want to turn to a lap band in order to help them lose weight. However, it is important that you realize that opting for a lap band is a big decision and it is not the right one for everybody. Being able to handle the procedure medically is the most important thing. It is a minimally invasive procedure, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be fit and healthy for it. Naturally, your surgeon or physician will be able to determine whether the lapband is right for you, but knowing the requirements for the lap band procedure is still a good place to start. Thousands of people have found benefits from the lap band procedure, but there are a few reasons why it is not suitable for some.
You May Be a Good Candidate if…
- You have a BMI of at least 40, or if you have a BMI of at least 30 kg per square meter, meaning you are at least 30 pounds overweight and you have a medical conditional related to your obesity. There are several free to use online BMI calculators that you can use to find out your own BMI.
- You are 18 or above, although some options exist for younger people as well.
- You have made attempts at losing weight through diet and exercise and have been unsuccessful.
- You do not have an illness that lead to you putting on weight.
- You are committed to changing your lifestyle.
- You do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
- You are not pregnant. If you have a lap band placed and you fall pregnant, the band may need to be deflated during your pregnancy.
You Will not Be a Good Candidate if…
- You have a gastrointestinal illness like esophagitis, ulcers, Crohn’s disease and so on.
- You have severe lung or heart disease, or any other type of illness that means you are not able to go through surgery.
- You have a condition that means there is a chance bleeding in the stomach or esophagus could occur. This includes gastric or esophageal varices, which are dilated veins. Alternatively, you may have acquired or congenital intestinal telangiectasia, which is a dilation of the small vessels.
- You suffer from portal hypertension.
- You have an acquired or congenital abnormality of the intestine, stomach or esophagus, such as a narrowed opening.
- You have or have had intraoperative gastric injuries, such as a perforation near the chosen site of the lap band.
- You suffer from cirrhosis.
- You suffer from chronic pancreatitis.
- You have a drug or alcohol addiction.
- You have a current infection that could lead to contamination of the surgical area.
- You are taking long term, chronic steroid treatment.
- You have allergies to any of the parts of the lap band itself.
- You suffer from an autoimmune connective tissue disease, or a blood relative does. This includes sceloderma or systemic lupus erythematosus. If you experience symptoms of these diseases, you will also not be a good candidate.