Do I Qualify For Lap-Band Surgery?
There are many criteria that will help your physician determine whether you Do I qualify for Lap Band Surgery and whether it is a good solution for you. In order for you to be a viable candidate you must be between the ages of 18 and age 55. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) must be above 40. In cases where you may have other symptoms related to being overweight like a chronic cough, GERD or asthma (these are called co-morbidities) then you may be eligible for the surgery with a BMI as low as 30.
Your health must be reasonably good and not have any permanent or severe medical conditions that would prevent you from having weight loss surgery. Prior to your surgery you will have a consultation with your doctor. He or she may require you to have several diagnostic exams; these may include a chest X-Ray, a blood or a urine test, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and perhaps an ultrasound. These tests may be necessary to determine your body’s ability to have surgery and also to act as a baseline so that as you lose weight your doctor can measure your improvement.
How to determine your Body Mass Index
BMI is the most commonly used measure to determine level of obesity, By using a mathematical equation the BMI determines your approximate weight to height ratio. BMI is determined by dividing the square of your height in inches divided by your weight in pounds and the multiplying by 704.5. The resulting number determines your BMI, A BMI of 30 or more is thought by most health professionals as the threshold for obesity. A BMI of 40 or more indicates morbid obesity.
We have provided you a simple to use BMI Calculator that you can use to determine whether you qualify for Lap Band Surgery by indicating your height and weight and it will do all the calculations for you.
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