Benefits of Lap Band surgery
When it comes to losing weight, diet and exercise are a good starting point. However, the journey is rarely a smooth one, particularly as the main cause of obesity is over-eating.
Even over-eating just a little each day can lead to weight gain. If this lifestyle doesn’t rapidly change, obesity and an increased risk of a variety of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke soon follows.
If you struggle to control your portion sizes or lack the willpower to stick to a healthy-eating regime it may be difficult, if not impossible, for you to lose weight.
Lap Band surgery, also sometimes referred to as a gastric band procedure, is a common type of surgery designed to help reduce food intake in people who are failing to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.
How does a Lap Band work?
A Lap Band works by restricting the amount of food and drink that you can consume. The process involves placing an adjustable band around the top part of your stomach. This creates a small pouch of stomach above the band, which fills up much more quickly, allowing you to feel full after consuming little food. The food then moves much more slowly into the larger part of the stomach.
Lap Bands can be relaxed or tightened as necessary, which is done by injecting liquid into a tube just under the skin.
What are the benefits of Lap Band Surgery?
So, why choose a Lap Band over any other time of bariatric surgery? A large number of patients choose this solution because of the number of unique advantages that it offers. These include:
No permanent alteration to your body
Unlike a gastric bypass which involves re-routing or removing part of your stomach, a Lap Band does not require any permanent alterations to be made to your body. This means when you reach your target weight, you can choose to have the band removed if you desire so. However, it is crucial that you have changed your lifestyle and have a firm grasp of a healthy, controlled diet before you choose to do so, otherwise the weight could go straight back on.
No vitamin deficiencies
A gastric bypass affects the absorption of anything you consume, meaning that you will suffer from vitamin deficiencies and require supplements that must be taken for the rest of your life. A Lap Band does not interfere with the natural absorption of food, allowing you to receive full nutrients.
Easy, simple adjustments
Some adjustments to the tightness of the band may be necessary, but these can be performed painlessly and quickly in our office.
Gradual weight loss
A Lap Band offers a much more gradual weight loss than that experienced by patients of other bariatric surgeries. This reduces the likelihood of experiencing excess skin and other effects of rapid weight loss.
Greater confidence and self-esteem
Patients who have had a successful Lap Band surgery report that the weight loss gives them greater confidence and self-esteem than ever before.
The process of fitting a Lap Band takes just 30-45 minutes and causes minimal scarring. You will usually be able to return to work within a week of your procedure.
Am I a good candidate for Lap Band Surgery?
Lap Band surgery is typically recommended for patients who have a BMI of 40, or 35 if they also suffer from obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
While Lap Band surgery is often chosen by patients who haven’t been able to lose weight by changing their lifestyle or taking weight loss medications. Alternatively, some people who choose Lap Band surgery may have lost some weight already but hit a plateau in their journey that they can’t get over.
Whatever stage of your weight loss transformation you are at, Lap Band surgery may be able to help. To assess your candidacy, you will need to attend a comprehensive consultation with our surgeon, who will consider your general health and wellbeing in order to decide if the surgery is right for you. When you choose Lap Band surgery, you must commit to keeping the weight off by following a healthy diet and completing regular exercise.
If you would like to learn more about Lap Band surgery, our dedicated and discreet team would be delighted to assist you. Please contact our office today to learn more at 844-669-5400.