Is someone under 17 able to get a Lap Band?
How Young is Too Young for a Lap Band?
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LapBand Age Restrictions
Most clinics restrict this type of procedure to adolescents and adults. The actual age criteria will be determined by the area in which you live and the experience of the clinic that will be performing the procedure.
Minimum Age for Lap Band
The lab band is FDA approved for 18-year-old adults or older. The FDA may approve the lap band for younger patients in the coming year. Some bariatric centers are doing sleeve gastrectomies and gastric bypasses on adolescents.
Minimum age for Lap-Band
Currently the Lap-Band is only approved by the FDA for patients at least 18 years of age. We are hoping that it will be approved by adolescents age 14 - 17 sometime next year.
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Why risk lap band when you can restrict oral intake?
This is a difficult decision and would be made on an individual basis. Clearly, all non-surgical efforts should be made prior to pursuing surgical options. However, if the morbid obesity condition presented a more immediate concern, then a lap band could be an option. However, it is truly sad that this is required when limiting food intake makes a lot more sense at a far lower cost and risk ratio.
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