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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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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more


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How can someone overweight weighing in at 380 lbs 5"8 be considered for bariatric surgery . ?

How can someone overweight weighing in at 380 lbs 5"8 be considered for bariatric surgery . ?

BMI 57.7: Hi. The patient has a BMI that meets criteria for considering bariatric surgery. If the patient has diseases resulting from obesity (type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, etc), surgery can be very beneficial. Pre-operative evaluation will make sure the heart and lungs are up for the surgery, so various tests may be done to assess them. Obesity kills and bariatric surgery can help restore quality of life. ...Read more

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Are there more complications for Sjogrens patients that have weight loss surgery, gastric sleeve to be exact. Is one WLS a better choice than others?

Are there more complications for Sjogrens patients that have weight loss surgery, gastric sleeve to be exact. Is one WLS a better choice than others?

Unknown: There are no large scale studies available and probably will not be available to give exact answer, however pts with Sjogren's do undergo non bariatric surgical procedures with good results (mostly). If there is associated connective tissue disorder then the clinical picture is more complex. Vitamin deficiencies can get worse after bariatric surgery, NSAIDs use will result in ulcers so should be , ...Read more

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Is there a certain weight to be considered for bariatric bypass surgery (for weight reduction)?

Is there a certain weight to be considered for bariatric bypass surgery (for weight reduction)?

Criteria/BMI: It is usually a certain bmi (body mass index) that is calculated based on weight and height. But those criteria are changing/getting lower. Check with your pcp or see a bariatrician or use medscape/wikipedia//even google to read mores. ...Read more

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Can a 15 year-old teen who has diabetes and is 50 pounds overweight get the lap band or gastric bypass?

Can a 15 year-old teen who has diabetes and is 50 pounds overweight get the lap band or gastric bypass?

See below: This will probably not be offered at the age of 15. What should be encouraged is a serious attempt at weight loss, if needed this can be done in an inpatient setting. The diabetes will probably minimize once the weight is brought under control. Parents can help by removing unhealthy food options from the home. ...Read more

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Is it impossible to maintain weight after lap band removal?

Is it impossible to maintain weight after lap band removal?

Yes: After lap band removal you should continue on a low fat low calorie diet if you are trying to lose weight. The lap band was acting like a belt, making you feel full sooner. Once it is removed, your stomach will have a larger capacity, so you won't feel full as quickly. It is best to see a nutritionist and figure out an optimal calorie diet for continued weight loss ...Read more

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I'm torn between having a tummy tuck versus the gastric sleeve. Which one will be more beneficial. I weight around 190lbs and 4'11.

I'm torn between having a tummy tuck versus the gastric sleeve. Which one will be more beneficial.  I weight around 190lbs and 4'11.

Not equivalent: A gastric sleeve is performed to help curb your appetite and help you lose weight. A tummy tuck is ideally performed on someone who has obtained their ideal weight and has redundant skin and/or a rectus diastasis. ...Read more

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When are you a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery when obese?

When are you a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery when obese?

Candidate for bypass: For either band, bypass, or sleeve: 80-100 pounds overweight. Gastric bypass is preferable when there is significant heartburn (reflux), diabetics on insulin, or severe obesity (bmi > 50). The sleeve and band are generally avoided with significant heartburn problems. All procedures can really help with joint problems, hypertension, high cholesterol. ...Read more

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Is it allowed for a teenager to get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Is it allowed for a teenager to get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Teen: Waiting until 18 would be ideal but 16 ; 17 year olds can have surgery but should only do so at an adolescent weight loss surgery program and after extensive evaluation. This includes the usual evaluations by the surgeon, dietician, ; social worker, plus a pediatric endocrinologist, pediatrician, and x-rays of their growth plates to prove physiologic maturity. ...Read more

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How effective is a gastric sleeve in losing weight?

How effective is a gastric sleeve in losing weight?

Sleeve gastrectomy : The sleeve gastrectomy is very effective and has a high success rate. Patients typically lose about 60-65% of their excess body weight by a year to year and a half. That means if you are 100lbs overweight, you would lose 60-65 lbs. If you are 200 lbs overweight, you would lose 120-130 lbs. This doesn't mean you lose the weight automatically. You have to eat the right foods and exercise as well. ...Read more

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Loose skin from large weight loss. Other than surgery, can anything be done to tighten skin? What are anesthesia risks for young/healthy person?

Loose skin from large weight loss. Other than surgery, can anything be done to tighten skin?  What are anesthesia risks for young/healthy person?

See Plastic Surgeon.: Congratulations on your successful weight loss. Once you have achieved long-term stable weight, seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons to discuss options. Select your plastic surgeon carefully; ask to see lots of examples of his/her work helping patients in your situation. Surgical excision of the “loose skin" ( operations such as arm lifting, tummy tuck...) usually necessary. ...Read more

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Im 28 hispanic male 5'9 n weigh 350, is there any program or insurance that can help me get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Start investigating: First place to start is with your insurance company as many will pay for bariatric surgery if you meet their established criteria. Second is to start investigating the surgeons that do the procedure. Get recommendations and referrals from others that have gone through the surgery. Lastly, start an exercise routine now that you will commit to continuing after the surgery. ...Read more

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Bmi doesn't account for waist size and muscle tone. Why is it still used? At 5-9 170, i'd still be considered overweight...Ridiculous.

Bmi doesn't account for waist size and muscle tone.  Why is it still used?  At 5-9 170, i'd still be considered overweight...Ridiculous.

You're right: It is widely acknowledged that bmi doesn't tell the whole story - it's just a guide. It's particulary wrong in muscular, healthy people who have a high bmi but are not fat. Ignore it. ...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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How fat does a man have to be to develop type 2 diabetes or just diabetes? My weight is less than 170 lbs and less than 6 ft tall but close to it.

How fat does a man have to be to develop type 2 diabetes or just diabetes?  My weight is less than 170 lbs and less than 6 ft tall but close to it.

No absolute number: Hi. Of course type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, and obesity is not a risk factor for it; granted, it's s small subset of all diabetics. Type 2 risk goes up progressively with BMI, waist circumference, and weight as those things head up from normal. You did't give us info to calculate your BMI, but using the numbers you're NOT (170 lbs and 6'), that BMI is normal, so yours might be close. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a gastric sleeve for weight loss?

Is it safe to have a gastric sleeve for weight loss?

Depends: On the expertise of the surgeon. Go to a bariatric center that has been doing sleeves for some time and ask about their track record. ...Read more