Lap Band surgery offers an effective way to maintain weight loss and is the preferred choice for weight loss surgery. Through a small incision, the Lap-Band is inserted around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a pouch. Lap Bands regulate food intake and control the pace of digestion. Lap Bands create a feeling of satiation despite the consumption of less food. Patients can have their Lap-Band adjusted according to their individualized needs.
The Lap-band does not eliminate craving and does not stop you from eating. Will power and compliance with the program is required for optimum weight loss.
Lap-Band surgery includes small incisions and does not significantly hinder the physical mobility of patients. While losing weight, those hoping to become more active are advised to consult a doctor.
Lap-Band surgery is completed in less than an hour and does not require overnight stay at a hospital. Patients are discharged from hospital within hours of the procedure. Recovery at home takes between four and seven days. Lap-Band surgery is a safer option compared to other procedures because it is reversible and requires a minimum number of small incisions. Those with questions about the procedure are encouraged to consult a specialist for advice.
If patients are ready to take action and reduce their weight by finding a permanent solution, Lap-Band surgery may be the ideal treatment for them. Whilst the Lap-Band itself does not solve the inherent problem of obesity and overeating, it helps patients limit their food intake with ease, meaning that they are able to drastically reduce their consumption of food and not feel hungry whilst doing so. The amount of weight lost post-Lap Band surgery varies greatly from person-to-person, dependent on the individual's motivation and commitment to a new lifestyle of healthy eating.
However, as with anything, it is advised that patients considering Lap-Band surgery understand both the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment, how it will affect their lives, and of course, that they are fully aware of the potential risks and dangers involved with the operation. Some of the complications associated with gastric bypass surgery include pouch-stretching, leakage at staple site in RGB, leaking of stomach contents, bowel obstruction, infection and nutrient deficiencies. If any health problems arise following the surgery, a doctor should be contacted immediately.
Those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more are candidates for the procedure. However, those with a BMI of between 30 and 34 with co-morbidities may still qualify for the procedure.