What are the requirements for lap-band surgery? Do you know whether you qualify to get the gastric band? Depending on whether you choose to pay for your surgery with health insurance or out of your pocket you may have to meet different requirements. The requirements for adjustable gastric band can also differ from clinic to clinic, so depending on the weight loss facility you choose there may be additional steps you’ll need to take before getting your lap-band. Essentially there are three categories of requirements that you need to meet to qualify for the lap-band:
- Medical Requirements
- Insurance Requirements
- Clinic Specific Requirements
– written by: Rebecca Levine MS, RD, LDN
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Many overweight women may be diagnosed with PCOS and feel that they have not been given enough information on what the condition is or why it occurs. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women have PCOS, but may be uninformed about the condition. PCOS is considered a syndrome or a set of symptoms. Inconsistencies with symptoms can sometimes make PCOS difficult to diagnose. In addition, not every woman experiences the same symptoms. PCOS diagnosis involves 2 or 3 of the following symptoms: irregular ovulation, excess androgens (male hormones, and polycystic ovaries. PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility. Almost 10% of all reproductive age women worldwide show symptoms of PCOS. In addition, many patients with PCOS exhibit excess male hormones, which display as male-like hair growth, acne or thinning of the hair at the scalp.
This combination of PCOS symptoms can lead to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and infertility. Many women who are diagnosed with PCOS also have a family history of obesity, diabetes or insulin resistance. Treatment of PCOS requires a combination of medical therapy, diet and exercise modifications and psychological support. It has also been shown that weight loss surgery can help overweight women to manage their PCOS more effectively.
Tiffany’s Lap-Band Success Story
Lost 85 pounds*
I started getting heavier in college and it just never seemed to stop. I hit 200 lbs in my early 20’s and stayed there for years. I would try to lose weight but nothing seemed to work. even tried personal training but the weight wasn’t coming off and I was getting really discouraged. When the scale hit 250 lbs, I knew I had to do something.
By Rebecca Levine MS, RD, LDN
Recent studies have shown that using information technology can be helpful in promoting behavior change and long-term healthy lifestyles. The issue with weight loss and health is not so much that people do not know what they should be doing; it’s finding new strategies to help implement healthy habits.
The liquid diet is a challenge for some patients; nevertheless, future LAP-BAND patients have to mentally prepare they will have to stay on liquids for the minimum two weeks before and one week after surgery. Why do you need the liquid diet? What do you need to remember while on the diet? And finally, how to survive it without cheating? With help from a bariatric dietitian and tips from other patients, we created this blog to help you successfully complete your pre and post-operative lap band liquid diet.
There are risks inherent in any surgical procedure, but LAP-BAND risks are minimal compared to the risks involved in gastric bypass surgery.
While gastric bypass is the most common weight loss surgery, it is also the most dangerous. For those of you who are not ready for a drastic solution like a gastric bypass, LAP-BAND can be a better surgical weight-loss option.