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March 15th, 2013 By Jeremy Korman

How Much do you Have to Weigh for Lap Band Surgery?

The minimum weight requirement for lap band surgery depends on a few things. The two most important things that are taken into account are your height and your health condition — specifically, whether or not you have any obesity-related health problems. These problems can include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, sleep apnea, breathing problems, and other conditions that are caused or made worse by obesity.

If you don’t have any such medical conditions right now, then you should have a minimum body-mass index (BMI) of at least 40 in order to qualify. BMI is a rough estimate of how proportionate your weight is to your height, expressed as a two-digit number. Thirty and up means you’re classified as obese; 40 and higher, morbidly obese. To calculate BMI, you can perform a special mathematical equation using your height and weight, or you can use our online BMI calculator (fill out the form in the right-hand margin) .

To give an example, an average American woman today is five feet, four inches tall. If she weighed around 235 pounds, she would have a BMI of 40, and if she didn’t have any health problems that made surgery too dangerous (more on that later), she would qualify for surgery.

An average American man today is five-foot-ten. He would need to weigh around 280 pounds to have a BMI of 40.

Health conditions change the calculation

Remember, the above is for people with no obesity-related health concerns (yet). If you do have problems related to your weight, you can have a BMI of 30, which is the lower limit to be considered “obese.”

If she had diabetes, our average five-foot-four American woman would qualify at around 175 pounds. If he had obstructive sleep apnea, our five-foot-ten American man would qualify at about 210. The FDA changed the guidelines in 2011, lowering the threshold for people with related health conditions to be eligible for surgery.

What else do I need to know?

Potential lap band patients should be aware that some people are not able to undergo surgery. The most common reason is a medical condition that makes surgery too dangerous. In addition, the patient should be in the right mindframe when contemplating surgery, and if your pre-operative psychological evaluation raises concerns, you will have to discuss this with your bariatric surgeon before moving forward.

We’ve heard stories of people who purposely gain weight so that they’ll meet the minimum weight limit for weight loss surgery. Don’t do this or even consider it. Weight fluctuations are very hard on the body, and you will likely cause yourself more problems by gaining weight than you would solve with surgery. If you do not meet the criteria for surgery, I’d advise you to consider that the situation is not yet bad enough to require this serious step, and to be positive about your chances of overcoming obesity without an operation. I recommend you visit the wellness section of my site and read about non-surgical therapy that can help.

In addition, lap band surgery is for patients who have tried and not succeeded to lose weight through conventional methods. If you’ve dieted, exercised, and not been successful in keeping weight off, you may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery.

I’m ready to take the next step. What do I do now?

Call us today. We’re happy to help you through the entire process, from initial decisions and patient assessment to post-operative care and support. Obesity can be a lonesome thing, but with L.A. Bariatrics, you’re not alone in fighting it. Call us at (800) 491-1977. We’d love to meet you!

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By Jeremy Korman