Gastric Banding with the Lap-Band® System

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You could be considered for surgery if your BMI is above 30, however while a BMI of 30 is recognised as being obese by the World Health Organisation the risk factors are not skewed as positively (operation Vs potential gain) as they would be if the BMI was above 35. Therefore to have the Lap Band at a BMI of 30 would require the presence of other factors such as premature joint disease/lower back problems/hypertension/diabetes et cetera.

It is not only the presence of excess fat that has the potential to cause medical problems such as early heart attack, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidaemias, but also where it is found or its distribution. That is abdominal or visceral fat.  Abdominal fat carries an increased risk over fat distribution for example in the buttocks or thighs. A ready reference for abdominal fat and increased risk is waist measurement. A waist measurement of 100cm or greater in men or 95cm in women indicates an increased risk from the medical problems listed above, not to mention the risk that is accepted from weight in general arthritis/low back problems/joint disorders/depression/self esteem.

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