Almost 95% of individuals with a BMI of 30 or more are unable to lose weight using only diet, exercise or drugs. Actually, all individuals with a BMI lower then 35 are not accepted into any Bariatric Program and those with BMI between 35 to 40 are only accepted if they have co-morbidities such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, etc.
The question is if we want the patients to wait 5 to 10 years until they have gained such a weight and also to wait for high risk co-morbidities to show up in order to accept them for a LapBand, which is a surgical procedure that takes 30 minutes and has proven to be the safest surgical technique to treat obesity and overweight.
I strongly believe that LapBand Surgery is a good option for those individuals considering losing weight on a long-term basis, to improve their overall health and well-being. Gastric Banding or a Lap band can be used to safely treat morbid obesity, and can also be a preventative measure for morbid obesity by individuals with a family history of Obesity, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, or other co-morbidities.