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How much overweight to qualify for the lap band procedure?

How much overweight  to qualify for the lap band procedure?

80-100 lbs: Depends more with your insurance carrier than anything. Check with a surgeon who does bands. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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I watch what i eat, but I am 107 pounds overweight. I heard about the lap band. Can you tell me more about it?

I am not a fan : The lap band requires a very dedicated diet adherence along with a stricter exercise program compared to some of the other procedures. The gastric sleeve is an excellent, middle of the road option, but no matter what procedure you select, diet and exercise are mandatory to lose weight. Get counseling before you go ahead with any surgical option. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia. The pain under my rib sometimes is a 10 and times like these only when I cough. Im overweight and getting lap band in a month.

I have a hiatal hernia. The pain under my rib sometimes is a 10 and times like these only when I cough. Im overweight and getting lap band in a month.

What is ?: You have no specific questions but If I guess you wonder what is causing your pain Maybe several things but may be related to what you eat, the hiatal hernia is worsened by being overweight or wearing tight clothes. REduce any caffeine , tobacco and alcohol. ASk you doctor if you need any meds. BEst wishes. ...Read more

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Im a MS patient and i want to have the lap band procedure done. Is this possible?

Im a MS patient and i want to have the lap band procedure done. Is this possible?

Sure, it's OK: However, make certain that your levels of vitamins d and b-12 are adequate, and that you are not in midst of relapse. If you take oral meds, either Gilenya (fingolimod) or aubagio, you may find it tough to ingest immediately post-op. However, there is truly no contra-indication for surgery in a stable ms patient, and good general health is often a major benefit. ...Read more

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What is the lap band procedure and how it works but is weight loss certain after surgery?

What is the lap band procedure and how it works but is weight loss certain after surgery?

Lap band: Weight loss is not guaranteed after any of the weight loss operations. However, the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy have significantly higher success rates than the lap band. The lap band is still a good operation, but it's something you need to be aware of. You can read about the procedures at http://www.Realize.Com. ...Read more

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I'm considering the lap band. How risky is the procedure?

Quite: There are several complications include band shift, band erosion (where it breaks through the wall of the esophagus/stomach), and pain. This is a very high risk procedure that does not have the same benefits long term of a gastric bypass (roux-en-y) procedure or others. Don't get fooled into thinking it will resolve all of the problems. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gastric bypass and a lap-band? What are some of the dangers? I need to describe 2 dangers of gastric bypass and lap-band procedure but i thought they were one in the same

What is the difference between gastric bypass and a lap-band? What are some of the dangers? I need to describe 2 dangers of gastric bypass and lap-band procedure but i thought they were one in the same

Gastric : Gastric bypass surgery is a more invasive surgical procedure, has a stapling of the stomach to reduce its size, and has a new connection of the small intestine to the new smaller stomach remnant. The risks with this surgery would be low risk of bleeding, some risk of infection or leakage from the new intestinal connection, and some risk of adhesions causing intestinal blockage later. A lap-band is a shorter surgical procedure where an inflatable band is placed around the upper stomach, shrinking the size of the stomach. There is no stomach stapling or new intestinal connection performed. The risks of this surgery can be slippage of the band so the band does not work correctly, erosion of the band through the full lining of the stomach, low risk of infection, and risk that the band does not work well and not enough weight loss occurs. Both surgical procedures can result in some food intolerance, vomiting, pain, and possibly too much or too little weight loss. ...Read more

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Can a lap band procedure be done if patients already had gastric bypass?

Can a lap band procedure be done if patients already had gastric bypass?

No: If you have had a gastric bypass and are gaining weight, you need to see your bariatric surgeon to see why. There are a number of reasons why this could happen. A lap band should not be done after a gastric bypass. ...Read more

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Are the list of restrictions during recovery for a body lift similar to lap band recovery? I want to have a body lift to get rid of the excess fat in my inner thigh area. When i had my lap band procedure done, i was given a list of restrictions that i nee

Are the list of restrictions during recovery for a body lift similar to lap band recovery? I want to have a body lift to get rid of the excess fat in my inner thigh area. When i had my lap band procedure done, i was given a list of restrictions that i nee

Recovery bodylift: Thanks for your inquiry. Your activity restrictions from a body lift are very different from the restrictions of a lap band surgery. You will be unable to stand straight for almost two weeks, sleep in a seated position for two weeks, no heavy lifting for up to six weeks if you have a muscle repair and no showering till your drains come out. ...Read more

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