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Understanding Lap Band Surgery

Posted Aug 01 2009 10:27pm

Lap Band procedure is becoming the number one solution to the overweight epidemic. There are over one billion people worldwide who carry excess weight and three hundred million of those are considered obese. It is an epidemic that affects all aspects of your life. From your psychological well being to your physical well being, being overweight complicates your life. If you have tried countless exercise programs and diets but have had no success, then it may be time to consider weight loss surgery options.

If you are considering Lap Band surgery, then you should know that it has a great success rate. People are losing their desired amount of weight and keeping it off. There are also less complications and a shorter hospital stay when compared to Biliopancreatic Diversion and laparoscopic Roux en Y procedures.

If you are considering the Lap Band procedure, then there are a few things you have to keep in mind. The first is that it will mean a dietary change for life. There are a number of do’s and don’ts with this type of surgery. You have to constantly be mindful of what type of food you are placing in your body. Instead of three meals a day, you will most likely be eating small, three ounce meals, ten to twelve times daily.

  • Lap Band system has a great success rate
  • You still have to exercise
  • Overfilling the stomach is the number one complication

The second thing to consider is that there are Lap Band complications. This will most likely occur in the first few weeks as patients try to learn and adapt to their new diet. Overfilling the stomach is the number one complication for most patients. They simply do not take into account that the stomach pouch is one-third the size it used to be. So there will not be any gorging at Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

The third thing to consider, post surgery, is that you still have to exercise. This is not some miracle cure that will happen overnight. You will still need to exercise in order to keep your heart and the rest of your bodily systems healthy. You may lose the weight easily enough but you will still need to follow a diet and exercise regime.

And finally, there is the excess skin that you cannot exercise away. You may have to undergo plastic surgery after weight loss. These are all factors that should be considered when you are entertaining the idea of Lap Band surgery. You will find success if you follow your doctor’s orders and stay within your nutritional guidelines. You can make a success of this surgery if you put the energy into succeeding.

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