I am considering lap band surgery, I’m 330 pounds 5 foot 7 and 32 years old. I have tried eating right working out and it works really well for about 2 weeks and I lose 5 to 10 pounds. Then it hit a wall get frustrated and give up. I have lost both of my grandfathers to heart attack and I have to do something about my weight, do you think lap band would be something I should consider? Thank you ,
Answer from Dr. Rachael Keilin, a Lap Band surgery doctor in Texarkana, TX.
The short answer is: Yes!! But here’s the longer answer: Given your height and weight, your body mass index is 51.7. Most insurance companies use BMI as an indicator of whether or not surgery is appropriate for a particular person. The majority of insurance companies will (if they cover weight loss surgery) cover surgery for people whose BMI is over 50, even if they don’t have any specific medical problems. Why? Because having a BMI of 50 puts you at very high risk for developing serious medical problems later on, like the heart disease you mentioned that runs in your family. I would seriously consider the LapBand because it’s safe, it has a long track record of success and it has helped thousands upon thousands of people just like you who could lose a few pounds here or there but never a large enough amount to make a dent in their health risks. Thank you so very much for writing!