A representative with Toronto’s Surgical Weight Loss Centre said its cut-off is usually 30, and operating on someone slimmer “could be a difficulty,” but added the surgeon wouldn’t necessarily give an “outright ‘no.’ ”
Slimband consultants also Pure Fat Three Days said their surgeons have to approve any patient with a BMI of under 30, but did not suggest it would be a significant obstacle. One said it was “not a good procedure” for people with eating disorders, while those with a “healthy BMI” would consult with the surgeon, adding that the clinic has operated on patients who needed to lose as little as 10 pounds, and added “it doesn’t matter whether you have 20 pounds or 200 pounds to lose; this thing works.” She said Slimband had even treated a triathlete: “When she’s off-season, she gains 20 pounds and that’s big for a professional athlete.” She also described Slimband’s post-operative care as “the most comprehensive” in the industry, including doctors, nurses, dieticians and support staff, with a 24-hour help line.
Another representative said “it’s not a problem, but [the surgeon] has to qualify you. I can’t really qualify you.”
(A publicist working for Slimband later accused the National Post reporters of irresponsible misrepresentation, and of using “leading questions and efforts to tempt the Slimband employee into unprofessional behaviour.” The National Post firmly disagrees with the characterization.)
Dr. Anvari said that performing banding ice hot cool slimming gel original on a non-obese person is “basically putting the patient to undue risk, for little or no benefit.”
Mr. Scot-Smith and Dr. Yau both said that all potential Slimband customers first undergo an extensive screening process before they can be approved for surgery. Mr. Scot-Smith said all his patients receive pre-operative consultations, medical appointments and post-operative support that “exceed the standards set out by bariatric associations in Canada and around the world.”