How Overweight Do I Have To Be To Have Surgery?

HOW OVERWEIGHT DO YOU NEED TO BE FOR LAP-BAND SURGERY?The question how heavy you have to be to be a candidate for the lap-band is likely the most often asked question by our consultation candidates. While the FDA states that lap-band is recommended for patients with BMI of 30 and higher, the final answer whether you qualify will depend on your physician and/or requirements on your insurance policy.FDA’S WEIGHT MINIMUM FOR LAP-BAND SURGERYWhen first approved by FDA in 2001, the LAP-BAND was recommended for patients with BMI of 35 with two or more weight-associated conditions or BMI of 40 and higher. This weight recommendation remained in place for a decade. Nevertheless, in 2011 FDA lowered the BMI requirement to 30 BMI with one or more co-morbidities and 35 BMI with no co-morbidities. The requirement was lowered after it was established that the lap-band surgery can be used as prevention to developing conditions associated with obesity. While the FDA requirements usual… Read More