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Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of obesity. It is calculated by using a formula which compares the ratio of you height to weight. Patients are a candidate for weight reduction surgery if their Body Mass Index is above 30. You can find your BMI on the chart provided here by locating your height across the top row and your weight down the side. The number in the chart where your height and weight meet is your BMI. If the corresponding number is above 35, you may be a Toronto / Mississauga Lap-Band candidate.
You could be a good candidate for the Lap Band System if:
• You are between the ages of 18 and 60.
• You have a BMI of greater than 30 or you weigh at least 100 pounds (45 kilos) more than your ideal weight.
• You've been overweight more than 5 years.
• Your serious attempts to lose weight have had only short-term success.
• You do not have any other disease that may have caused you to be overweight.
• You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
• You are willing to continue working with the clinic and the specialists associated with it.
• You do not drink alcohol in excess or use non-medicinal drugs.
Who is not a candidate for Gastric Band Surgery? Adjustable Gastric Banding is not advised in the following patients:
• Patients with inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including severe intractable esophagitis, gastric ulceration, duodenal ulceration, or specific inflammation such as Crohn's disease.
• Patients with severe cardiopulmonary diseases or other serious organic disease which may make them poor surgical candidates.
• Patients with potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding conditions such as esophageal or gastric varices or congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectases.
• Patients with congenital or acquired anomalies of the gastrointestinal tract such as atresias or stenoses.
• Patients with cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, alcohol or drug addiction.
• Patients under 18 years of age.
• Patients who have a chronic infection anywhere in their body or where the possibility of contamination prior to or during the surgery exists.
• Patients on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
• Patients who are unable or unwilling to comply with dietary restrictions, which are
required by this procedure.
• Patients with a known diagnosis or pre-existing symptoms of autoimmune connective tissue disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma.
• Patients who are currently pregnant. Patients who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.