Minimum Criteria for Lap-band Adjusted
Recently, the FDA has approved an adjustment to the minimum requirement for an individual to undergo LAP BAND. Eligibility for bariatric surgery is based upon your body mass index, or BMI, which is a measurement that takes into account your height in comparison with your weight to distinguish healthy versus non-healthy weight levels. In the past, patients must have had a BMI over 40 in order to qualify for LAP BAND surgery. New standards allow patients that are not so severely overweight to have the surgery as well. If you have a BMI between 30 and 35 and are suffering from at least one co-morbid disease that is caused by obesity then you are now eligible for LAP BAND surgery.
Patients that have a lower BMI may now have the LAP BAND procedure in a specially designed low BMI cash LAP BAND surgery program. There are many health risks associated with obesity which makes treating a weight issue as soon as possible crucial. This new standard allows patients to treat their obesity before it becomes too severe of an issue. While many insurance companies are slow to cover this early stage treatment, we highly encourage the option as a safe and healthy lifestyle change. The LAP BAND will help you to lose weight, decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke, improve your overall quality of life, and is even likely to treat type-2 diabetes. If you are interested in LAP BAND surgery to help you begin the life changes necessary to lose weight and live healthier, but did not consider yourself previously eligible, it is important that you speak with us soon so we can determine if LAP BAND surgery is now an option for you.