Tijuana Bariatrics wants all patients to experience the advantages of a healthy body weight, so the practice is happy to coordinate low-BMI LAP-BAND for a range of candidates.
For many years, LAP-BAND® was only available to obese patients (with a body mass index of 40 or greater). The procedure was eventually extended to patients with a body mass index of 35 (the second medical level of obesity), and individuals who had certain conditions known to improve with weight loss, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Today, people with BMIs that are even lower can undergo LAP-BAND surgery.
You may be a candidate if:
- You are overweight
- You have unsuccessfully tried to lose weight through diet and exercise
- You are not currently pregnant, or planning to become pregnant soon
- You do not have certain medical conditions that would make you a poor candidate for surgery, such as heart disease
Of course, your candidacy for LAP-BAND will be based on factors other than just your body mass index. The best way to find out if this procedure is suitable for you is by speaking with a representative from Tijuana Bariatrics who can guide you through the candidacy process.