Is it for you?

Is it for you?

The Gastric Banding Procedure is one of many ways to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. Not all people are eligible for the procedure and it’s important that you understand what options are available and whether they suit your lifestyle and weight loss goals. Call us on 1800 527 226 to discuss your options further.

Am I eligible?

Interested in undergoing a Gastric Banding Procedure? Talk to your GP or find a clinic to see if this procedure is right for you. People who are suitable generally need to meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18 years or above
  • Have a BMI of at least 35, or a BMI of at least 30 with one or more obesity related diseases - calculate your BMI to the right
  • Have been overweight or obese for more than five years
  • Have made serious attempts to lose weight before and failed
  • Not be pregnant at the time of the procedure
  • Not drink alcohol excessively
  • Not suffering from an illness that has caused excessive weight gain
  • Be prepared to commit to a long-term, significant change in eating habits and lifestyle, including continued monitoring by a specialist.


Success takes commitment

Knowing that you qualify medically for a Gastric Banding Procedure can be exciting – however, emotional preparation is critical to your success. Whilst a Gastric Banding Procedure is a powerful weight loss tool, you also must be ready to make lifestyle changes that support long-term weight loss, including:

  • Sticking to dietary requirements
  • Adding exercise to your routine
  • Meeting with your surgeon for adjustments and ongoing support.


Help your family understand

After surgery, your household will undergo loads of changes. To help your family deal with your new lifestyle, sit down for a talk before surgery.

For kids in their teen years, explain your surgery and why you’ll need to be eating differently. But for younger children, focus more on the diet changes and that the new nutritious foods will help the whole family grow strong. It’ll also help to start reading food labels with your children so that they’ll know what makes a food healthier and better for your post surgery diet.