The FDA panel has approved the use of gastric banding on lower BMI individuals with one co-morbidity of their obesity. This is HUGE, no pun intended, 'cause the patients aren't really that big. (A little bigger than your friendly bypassed blogger here.)
I know I am overweight at 165 pounds, however, this still blows my mind a bit.
It blows my mind that I (just as an example) could potentially qualify for weight loss surgery so very easily.
I was at a qualifying weight last winter! I am sure we'd find a co-morbid too!
We found one the first time around. I didn't have any known co-morbidities when I had my roux en y gastric bypass surgery in 2004.
I am torn. Is this a blessing or a curse?
Graphic from Florida Bariatric Center
The Lap-Band, made by Irvine-based Allergan Inc., is only FDA-approved for people with a body-mass index of 40 or higher, or 35 if they have associated problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. The panel granted Allergan's request for permission to market the device to people with a BMI of 35, or 30 with related problems.