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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)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...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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Can a person have gastric bypass or a lap band if they have had a nissen fundoplication? I am just curious if I am a candidate

Can a person have gastric bypass or a lap band if they have had a nissen fundoplication? I am just curious if I am a candidate

Technically, : Technically, yes, you can have bariatric surgery after a nissen fundoplication. A previous nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) will make bariatric surgery more difficult and put you at higher risk for certain complications such as stomach injury and leak. A gastric bypass would be the most effective procedure that would also treat gerd. If you are pursuing bariatric surgery, you should let your surgeon know up front that you have had this type of procedure and make sure they would be willing to do your surgery. ...Read more

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How much does lap band surgery cost?

How much does lap band surgery cost?

10k plus: If your insurance doesn't cover it you can get it for 10k but you will need to get blis insurance for warranty and buy adjustments. ...Read more

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What are the dangers with the. Lap Band ?

What are the dangers with the. Lap Band ?

Depends. : Short term complication rates are very low. The most common being bleeding or wound infection. Long-term complications however are more common. The major complications are a slip or an erosion. Both requiring reoperation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a lap band slipping?

What are the chances of a lap band slipping?

'2%--18%' on Website: Lap band slippage occurs when the lower part of the stomach “slips” through the band, creating a bigger pouch above the band. Either removing fluid (from the lap band) or surgical repositioning is required to repair band slippage. Symptoms include vomiting and reflux, and it is diagnosed by drinking a dye and using x-ray to observe it. See http://www.Bariatric-surgery-source.Com/lap-band-problems. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lap band and liposuction?

What is the difference between a lap band and liposuction?

Lots: A lap band is a band that is placed around your stomach to limit the size of your stomach, making you feel full sooner. You eat less and thus lose weight. Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat from focal spots (most commonly the abdomen and love handles), but doesn't generally cause much weight loss, just shaping. ...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 want a revision to my lap band is dudenal switch a good wls ?

Much bigger deal: Lap bands are relatively simple, easy to perform, and to remove. They don't have as good a success rate as other ops, neither durarion of success, or amount of wt loss. Gastric bypass, roux en y more common "permanent" surgery. Duodenal switch is major reworking of plumbing; gives greater wt loss, longer, but more complicated and more problems with nutrient deficiencies. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my lap band has erosion I really want it out ?

Endoscopy: If you and your physician suspect erosion you should have an upper endoscopy. By placing a camera into your stomach your doctor can see if the band has eroded through you will need to have your band removed and possibly consider other surgical options if necessary. ...Read more

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What are some things that could prevent me from getting the lap band?

Insurance : Requirements by most insurance companies are weight, health conditions related to obesity. Get an appointment with a lap-band surgeon to help you through the process. ...Read more

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Opinions on what's bad about losing weight and eating little with lap band?

Opinions on what's bad about losing weight and eating little with lap band?

Lap band: Well, there is nothing bad about losing weight with a lap band as long as you are eating healthy food and don't lose too much weight. You want the band to reduce how much you eat, but you don't want it so tight that you are starving and can only have liquids. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how and where should I go to get medicaid to approve for the lap band?

Can you tell me how and where should I go to get medicaid to approve for the lap band?

Provider: Your first stop should be with the surgeon. In most cases he or she has an office staff that is used to obtaining insurance authorization for your surgery. If not, call your provider (Medicaid) and just make sure you have the diagnosis code and the CPT code of the procedure you want. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm 41 years old, height is 5 ft 4 inches and weigh 185 lbs. Should i get a lap band?

Criteria for LAP: Your bmi is about 32 which is considered obesity. If you don't have any risk factors than many insurance co. Wouldn't cover it. If you bmi > 35 many insurance co would cover even if you didn't have any risk factors. However diet and exercise must have been tried and failed before you can be considered for the lap. ...Read more