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Lap Band Surgery
Pre-determination evaluations include a medical and dietary history
assessment, a fitness status assessment and a psychological
readiness assessment. Some examples of criteria that must be met
Exhibit severe obesity (BMI of 40 or more) or obesity with
associated complications (BMI of 35 or more with diabetes, high
blood pressure, heart and/or lung disease or sleep apnea).
Have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through a structured
medical weight loss program that included diet, exercise and
Limitations to performing activities of daily living, including
family and work functions.
Willingness to make the changes in eating habits and behavior
that will be necessary to meet and maintain weight loss and
health goals after surgery.
Understanding of the selected procedures, risks of surgery and
effects after surgery, including dietary and exercise
Do I qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?
Physicians and healthcare professionals commonly use the "Body Mass
Index" (BMI) as a way of helping to determine obesity. BMI is a
number calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by his
or her height in square meters. Although a patient's BMI cannot be
used to determine actual percentage of body fat or overall health
condition, it is a means of categorizing weight in terms of
nationally recognized standards. These standards — derived from
years of research and data — are based on the probability of whether
or not a person will be healthy or unhealthy as they age.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 is by definition morbid
obesity. Lesser BMI may be morbid if associated by serious