"Through preventive weight loss surgery we could reverse or improve diabetes, hypertension, and joint disease."
"LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery is the wave of the future. We are here to guide you to a happier, healthier life."
"The LAP-BAND® procedure is very, very safe. The surgery is quick, minimally invasive and virtually painless."
"We provide our patients with safe and effective weight loss surgery. We also offer quality post-op care."
"Throughout his career as a weight loss surgeon, Dr. Carson Liu™ has performed over 2600 Bariatric Surgeries."
"Obesity is a chronic disease. We provide information to help you know whether obesity surgery is right for you."
"Dr. Liu makes a difference in the lives of his patients through his commitment and care. - American Diabetes Association"
"If you are obese and have failed at numerous diets, surgery may be your only realistic option for lasting weight loss."

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Requirements for Lap-Band Surgery

Los Angeles, California

In his Los Angeles, California practice, bariatric surgeon Dr. Carson Liu™ offers a comprehensive approach to his patients' weight loss journeys, including a support system to help them adjust to life after Lap-Band surgery. The combination of laparoscopic surgical methods and Lap-Band technology has revolutionized bariatric surgery. The Lap-Band procedure is the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. It requires a much shorter surgery time, recovery time, and much less post-operative pain than other procedures. Lap-Band surgeries are also adjustable and reversible.

Like all weight loss procedures, the Lap-Band surgery may not be right for all patients. In general, the candidates for Lap-Band surgery must meet the same requirements as candidates for other types of bariatric surgery. However, there are some differences in how candidacy is determined.

Lap-Band Surgery Requirements

The Lap-Band procedure may be right for patients who have the following indicators:

  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at least 40 or you have a BMI of at least 35 with one or more obesity related comorbid condition. Comorbid conditions include diabetes, sleep apnea and hypertension. You can determine your BMI using our BMI Calculator.
  • Has been overweight for more than five years
  • Has failed to lose weight as part of a medically supervised weight-loss program over at least six months
  • Has an obesity related medical problem
  • Is willing to comply with post-operative requirements, including restrictions to diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits
  • Has no other disease that may cause obesity
  • Does not drink alcohol in excess

Other Lap-Band Surgery Considerations

Even if a patient meets most of the criteria for Lap-Band surgery, the procedure is not for everyone.

  • Drug or Alcohol Addiction
  • Esophageal or Stomach Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal tract inflammatory disease
  • Heart or Lung disease
  • Inability to tolerate pain form the device
  • Infection
  • Long Term Steroid Treatment
  • Allergy to LAP band device
  • Auto-immune disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Unwillingness to follow dietary restrictions

Patients should consult a bariatric surgeon to find out more information on the requirements for Lap-Band surgery. Please call or e-mail Dr. Carson Liu™'s Los Angeles Bariatric Surgery practice to schedule a consultation.


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