Are You a Candidate for LAP-BAND?

The LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System is not right for everyone. Here are some of the things we will consider when evaluating your candidacy for obesity surgery.

Indications
The LAP-BAND System may be right for you if:

_ You are at least 18 years old.
_ You have been overweight for more than 5 years.

If you do not meet the BMI or weight criteria, you still may be considered for surgery if your BMI is at least 35 and you are suffering from serious health problems related to obesity.

Contraindications
The LAP-BAND System is not right for you if:

_ You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn's disease.

Your Motivation
While the LAP-BAND System is an effective treatment for morbid obesity, the pounds do not come off by themselves. The LAP-BAND System is an aid to support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite and slowing digestion. However, your motivation and commitment to adopt a new lifestyle are extremely important for long-term weight loss. You must be committed to new eating habits for the rest of your life. Exercise is an equally important component of a changed lifestyle.