I was watching a TV show a couple days ago about seriously overweight people who are desperately fighting to lose weight. Some people were too overweight even for options like lap-band procedures. It was very sad because, if these people could just get their weight down enough then they could become the perfect candidates for the lap-band procedure, which could lead them to be a LOT healthier.
I have a friend from college that underwent a very successful lap-band procedure. She lost at least 100lbs and it was obvious she felt a lot better when the effects of the procedure started to set in.
There are lots of clinics that offer lap-band procedures for the surgical treatment of diversity, including JourneyLite locations in LA, Houston, and Tampa.