There are a number of criteria which Healthier Weight would regard as clear contra-indications to having a band fitted, even if the individual is otherwise eligible. These are set out in the table below.
Contraindications to weight loss surgery
- You are under 15 or more than 70 years old
- You have a history of severe heart or lung problems that would increase your risk during anaesthesia
- You have inflammatory bowel disease (eg. Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
- There is a history of chronic pancreatitis
- You have cirrhosis of the liver
- You have a pre-existing condition that may cause bleeding in the oesophagus or stomach (eg. esophageal varices)
- You have been/are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs
- You may be pregnant
- You are on long-term steroid treatment
- You have an autoimmune diseases, eg scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus
- You are under active treatment for cancer
- You have any blood disorder that may predispose to excessive bleeding
- History of major psychiatric illness
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