Surgical Indications

The LAP-BAND® System procedure is indicated in overweight patients who have a BMI of 33 or greater. However insurance companies will not pay for the LAP-BAND® System procedure unless patients have a BMI of at least 35 and have associated medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure etc. (see list of associated medical conditions) and have failed at least one year of conservative therapy of supervised diet, drugs for appetite suppression, exercise and behavior modification therapy.
Body Mass Index Table

Additionally, patients must meet the following criteria in order to be a candidate for LAP-BAND® System surgery:

An inflammatory disease of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Cirrhosis of the liver & Portal Hypertension
An Auto-Immune Disease
Patients with certain psychological illnesses.
Patients with prior stomach surgery
Note: Patients should stop smoking before surgery.
* Weight loss results may vary from person to person.