Is LapBand Procedure for Anyone?
95% of individuals with BMI of 30 or more fail to lose weight by diet, exercise or drugs.
Actually, all individuals with a BMI lower then 35 are rejected from any Bariatric Program and those with BMI between 35 to 40 are accepted only if they have co-morbidities as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, etc.
The question is if we want the patients to wait 5 to 10 years until they have gained such a weight and also to wait for high risk co-morbidities to show up in order to accept them for a Lap Band, which is a procedure that takes 30 minutes and has proven to be the safest surgical technique to treat obesity and overweight.
In such cases we, Lap Band Surgeons, would have really nothing to offer until they became diabetic or had a stroke and it might be too late by then.
I strongly believe that Lap Band Surgery is the option for those individuals considering losing some extra pounds and for long term weight maintenance.
Gastric Banding or Lap band should be specially used as a preventive measure for Obesity by individuals with family history of Obesity, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, etc. And also as a proven safest procedure for morbid obesity.
Arturo Rodriguez, MD