How Overweight Do You Need to Be For Lap Band Surgery?

For those who are overweight and having difficulty losing weight,
there is a time in which they start to seek out the alternatives. One
of those alternatives is Lap Band Surgery because it is touted as being
the type of weight loss surgery that is the safest. The procedure is
minimally invasive and an inflatable band is placed around the stomach
to divide it into two halves. One half is larger than the other.

It
is the smaller half in which the food goes. The section in which the
band is placed around has a small opening that allows food to flow into
the larger part. It is here that nutrients and calories are absorbed
before moving into the intestines. The smaller pouch helps control
portions, which in turn controls the amount of calories absorbed.
Weight loss begins to occur over time, which will occur in a more
effective way than just dieting alone.

Lap band criteria

When
it comes to the criteria a person must meet before having lap band
surgery, there is more to it than just how much you're overweight.
There are so many different factors.

The criteria include:


You must be severely overweight. This means that you should have a Body
Mass Index of around 30. Even if you're not 100 pounds overweight, a
BMI of 30 means that you have too much weight on you based on your
height. A person who is 6 feet tall and a hundred pounds overweight is
not going to suffer as bad as someone who is 5 feet tall and weighs the
exact same.

• You must be overweight for over 5 years. This
doesn't mean 5 years here and there out of a 10, 15, or 20 year period.
This is 5 consecutive years.

• You have only achieved short-term success when making serious attempts to lose weight.


You do not have a disease that is causing your obesity. Some people do
have diseases that keep weight on them. There may also be medications
contributing to the weight gain.

• You are prepared to make
changes in how you eat and are willing to incorporate exercise into
your lifestyle if that is possible for you. Lifestyle changes are
important. This procedure only has a 5% fail rate when done correctly.
If not carried out correctly, then the weight loss efforts can fail.


You are willing to enter a nutritional program that will get you ready
for the procedure and your lifestyle afterwards. You have to be
educated before you can pursue this new lifestyle.

• You will
keep up with appointments in which you have to be monitored. After the
process, your progress has to be monitored by the doctor. The Lap Band
may also have to be adjusted to ensure that it is comfortable. An
uncomfortable Lap-Band is not something that is required.

• You
do not drink large amounts of alcohol. The doctor may say that
something such as a small amount of red wine is the only alcoholic
beverage that you should have. This is because red wine is an alcoholic
beverage that isn't as unhealthy as other types of alcohol.

You
must meet all of these criteria to be considered for Lap-Band surgery.
There are many individuals who have found success and are leading new
and very healthy lifestyles that they would not be able to lead
otherwise.

Are you ready?

So if you have a BMI of 30 or
more, then you are the perfect candidate. If your BMI is 29, you may
want to speak to your physician about having lap band
surgery. Otherwise, your physician may choose to try other methods such
as a nutritional plan to see if you can reduce your weight and keep it
off.

Laparoscopic lap band surgery
is designed to induce weight loss by limiting food consumption. The
adjustable gastric band is the safest surgical procedure for weight
loss, unique because it is adjustable and reversible. When doing
research for weight loss surgery, be sure to visit the CIBO Weight Loss
Clinic. You might also want to visit the <a href="http://www.lapband-info.com">Lap Band blog</a>.

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