Who Are Good Candidates for LAP-BAND® Surgery?

The LAP-BAND® procedure can be very effective for those who are deemed to be good candidates for it. Board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent carefully screens all his Houston-area patients to ensure their safety and increase the likelihood of positive results.

The LAP-BAND® system is a minimally invasive procedure that has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight. But, it’s important to make sure you’re a good candidate.

Evaluating Your Candidacy

The ideal candidate will be someone who has struggled with diet and exercise in the past and is at least 50 pounds above his or her ideal weight. Individuals with a Body Mass Index of at least 40 may also benefit from this surgery, even if the number of pounds they need to lose is fewer than 100.

Additional good candidates for LAP-BAND® surgery include those where:

  • You’re between 18 and 65 years old.
  • Serious weight loss attempts have had only short-term success.
  • You don’t have a disease that may have caused your excess weight.
  • You’re highly motivated and committed to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
  • You’re free from drug or alcohol dependence.
  • You’re not currently pregnant. (See the pregnancy section) Patients who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

Health Considerations

Patients should be in reasonably good health, so those with certain health conditions may be prohibited from undergoing a LAP-BAND® procedure. A few of these health conditions include the following:

  • Ulcers
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Esophagitis
  • An abnormal esophagus or stomach
  • Cirrhosis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Autoimmune disorder such as systemic lupus

You should also have no underlying condition that might be causing your obesity. Taking medications that cause weight gain could affect your ability to benefit from the procedure as well.


Women who are currently pregnant should not undergo LAP-BAND® surgery until some time after they deliver. Those who are planning to become pregnant in the near future should also wait. Women, who subsequently become pregnant after having a LAP-BAND® placed, usually notice no complications from it, even when delivery by Cesarean section is required.

To read our procedure guide, click here.

Top candidates for LAP-BAND® surgery are in generally good health despite being significantly overweight. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew St. Laurent at his Houston clinic. Contact us at 281-301-1404 today to make your appointment.

Dr. Matthew St. Laurent

Northwest Endosurgical

At Northwest Endosurgical in Houston, Texas, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent helps patients achieve dramatic weight loss and improved health through bariatric surgery. Dr. St. Laurent is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in greater Houston, and he is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Obesity Action Coalition
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Texas Medical Association
  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

To schedule a consultation, book online or give us a call at (281) 921-1890.

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