The LAP-BAND® System is not right for everyone. Here are some of the things we
will consider when evaluating your candidacy for obesity surgery.
The LAP-BAND® System may be right for you if:
You are at least 18 years old.
Your BMI is 40 or higher or you weigh at least twice your ideal weight or you
weigh at least 100 pounds more than your ideal weight. (BMI is calculated by
dividing body weight (lbs.) by height in inches squared (in2) and multiplying
that amount by 704.5). BMI Calculator
You have been overweight for more than 5 years.
Your serious attempts to lose weight have had only short-term success.
You do not have any other disease that may have caused your obesity.
You are prepared to make substantial changes in your eating habits and
You are willing to continue being monitored by the specialist who is treating
You do not drink alcohol in excess.
If you do not meet the BMI or weight criteria, you may still consider LAP-BAND® Surgery for "off label use". This means that you choose to have the
band placed for weight loss under conditions not explicitly approved by the
government. This means that the risks relative to the benefits are unknown
and quite possibly higher than when the band is used under "approved"
conditions. Risks in having the band placed do not increase if a candidate
is less than severely obese, but the benefits are reduced.
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.
You have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a poor candidate for
You have some other disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach. This
might include esophageal or gastric varices (a dilated vein). It might also be
something such as congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia (dilation of
a small blood vessel).
You have portal hypertension.
Your esophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal (congenital or acquired).
For instance you might have a narrowed opening.
You have or have experienced an intra-operative gastric injury, such as a
gastric perforation at or near the location of the intended band placement.
You have cirrhosis.
You have chronic pancreatitis.
You are pregnant. (If you become pregnant after the BioEnterics LAP-BAND® System
has been placed, the band may need to be deflated. The same is true if you need
more nutrition for any other reason, such as becoming seriously ill. In rare
cases, removal may be needed.)
You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
You are under 18 years of age.
You have an infection anywhere in your body or one that could contaminate the
You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
You cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that come with this
You might be allergic to materials in the device.
You cannot tolerate pain from an implanted device.
You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease. That
might be a disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. The
same is true if you have symptoms of one of these diseases.
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. New eating habits
must be adhered to for the rest of your life. Exercise is an equally important
component of a changed lifestyle.