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Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Great News from the FDA!

FDA has just approved the expanded use of the Lap Band to people with BMIs 30-35 (with one or more obesity related co-morbid conditions).

More specifically, The LAP-BAND® System is now the first and only FDA-approved device for bariatric surgery in patients with a BMI of 30-35 with one or more obesity related co-morbid conditions.

Adding the BMI 30-35 patient segment, allows lap band to be a weight reduction option to over 26 million new patients that previously could not qualify for surgery.

For example, someone my height (5' 4") could now qualify for surgery at a weight as low as 175 lbs (BMI 30) with co-morbid conditions.

Thanks to this new approval, more people than ever before will be able to manage their weight with gastric banding and can look forward to a healthier life.


  1. I wonder how long it will take insurances to adopt these guidelines.

  2. That is great news! Oh how I wish I wouldn't have had to get as bad as I did before I was "eligible"!

  3. Fantastic news! Wonder in LeeAnn knows this!?

  4. Yes, this is very cool. I wonder how long insurance companies will wait before deciding they will pay for it in people with BMI's of 30-35.

  5. I think this also reinforces the safeness of the Lap Band!


  6. So interesting! Thank you for posting this! Had they done this earlier, I might not have had to do private pay.. Oh well!

  7. I am with you Catherine!

  8. Hate to be negative but I still think the insurance industry will stand in the way of most. I got extremely luck last year when I was fully covered through Amerihealth. This year my company switched to Horizon BC/BS and under Bariatric procedures it says one word...NONE. I'm both pissed (because none of my fills are covered and if I ever have complications I'll be a total self-pay...sucks. I'm also extremely grateful that I had this done when I did because it would never have been a possibility on this new plan...or many other plans as I understand it.

  9. wahooo..I agree with many that I hope insurance companies soon follow them. We have excellent very liberal insurance and this means he would now qualify.