16 August 2008

It might be, but the final decision lies with your surgeon or Endocrinologist. Listed below are indications that you are suitable for gastric band placement:

1. People who classified as obese
Stable obesity for more than five years, BMI of 35 kg/m2 or above, and you have a life-threatening or disabling condition that is related to your weight.

2. Obesity is causing problems for you
The problems you perceive may be physical (back pain, reflux, fatigue, lack of mobility, hypertension etc), psychological (depression) or social (low self-esteem, social isolation etc) or a combination of all or several of them. You may also be concerned about the effect your obesity could have on your future health and life expectancy.

3. Losing Weight by Conventional Treatment Failed
Diet failure or weight loss drug therapy for more than one year. Patients have tried numerous diets and weight-loss programmes over many years, but have still failed to achieve and maintain any significant weight reduction. It is important that you have tried all these options, because it tells us that you are genuinely committed to achieving your weight loss objectives. Unless you have that level of commitment and purpose, you will not be successful with the gastric band.

4. Aged between 18 and 65 years
5. Absence of glandular diseases such as hypothyroidism
6. No history of alcohol abuse alcohol or drugs
7. Do not have untreated depression or another major emotional disorder.

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