I am a 43-year-old female, 180 lbs, BMI30, no health problems. I have been exercising at least 5 days a week for over a year and have not lost weight. I would like to have bariatric surgery but I do not qualify for it. What options exist for people like me? I mean, aside from diet and exercise, as it clearly does not work?
What Options Are Available Besides Bariatric Surgery?
Doctor Answers (2)
Weight loss surgery with BMI of 30
Presently there are no bariatric surgical procedures that you qualify for. We hoping that the Lap-Band will be approved by the FDA in the next 6 - 8 months and then you will qualify but insurance would not cover the procedure.
Weight loss surgery for low BMI patients
A patient with a low BMI (30) and no medical problems is hard to justify a weight loss surgery procedure. Even a lap band has complication and would be too agressive to do on a pt with a BMI of 30. Currently patients with diabetes and a BMI of 32 would be a better candidate for this surgery when talking about patients with a "low BMI".