Obesity has long been recognized as a health epidemic in the United States. Weight loss surgeries such as the LAP-BAND procedure provide obese patients that qualify a way to lose excess weight through a combination of surgery, diet and lifestyle changes. The FDA has now expanded the eligibility requirements for procedures such as this, making it more accessible for those who are struggling with obesity but didn’t fit former surgery requirements.
Generally, the LAP-BAND procedure guidelines require that in order to become eligible for this weight loss surgery, you must:
- Have a BMI (body mass index) of 40
- Have a BMI of 35 with a pre-existing obesity-related condition.
Now, the LAP-BAND is available to those who have failed to find success through other weight loss options such as diet, exercise and weight loss medication, and have a BMI of 30-40 with at least one obesity-related condition.
Conditions affected by obesity include:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Obstructive sleep apnea
Benefits of LAP-BAND for Lower BMI
Around 37 million Americans have a BMI ranging from 30-40 along with an obesity-related condition. With two locations in Miramar and Hialeah, Dr. Choi now offers LAP-BAND Surgery to people with a lower BMI to reduce their risk for developing harmful conditions and to resolve existing conditions through weight loss and lifestyle change.
The benefits of LAP-BAND with a lower BMI include:
- Lowered risk of obesity-related conditions
- Resolution of current obesity-related conditions
- Quick procedure
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Faster recovery time
- Effective weight loss
The LAP-BAND procedure offers a solution for those struggling with obesity and excessive weight. With the BMI eligibility requirements lower, more people struggling with serious medical conditions can find a solution. If you have battled with your weight and health for a prolonged period of time, LAP-BAND with Dr. Choi and his skilled, compassionate team may be an appropriate treatment for you.