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4 more tips for success with the Lap-Band

April 7, 2022

Readers may have caught the seven tips for success with the Lap-Band® from an earlier article. For those who want more guidelines for success, this article will cover four more recommendations for those embarking on their weight-loss journey with the Lap-Band Program. 

Vary your exercise routine

Exercise will help you manage your weight over time, but certain routines can grow stale. Luckily, you can vary your exercise routine to find novelty. If you’re becoming tired of traditional cardio and weightlifting, you can accomplish the same goals with different exercises. Those who usually stick to the treadmill can instead take up swimming, while those who grow bored of weights can switch to calisthenics or plyometrics. 

Some alternative forms of exercise can keep you active and allow you to develop new skills. Practices like yoga, tai chi, or dancing can keep you on the path to weight loss and give you an exciting activity in which you can find novelty and community. 

Focus on your mental health

Your mental health is critical while undertaking your weight-loss journey. If you ever feel that your mental health is trending downward, you may resort to old habits, even using food as a comfort in stressful times. During your journey with the Lap-Band, it’s essential to closely monitor your mental health and take steps to support it. 

When patients opt for the Lap-Band, their team will incorporate a few practices that enhance mental health. These practices might include things like journaling, meditation, or finding additional sources of support. Of course, the changes to your diet and exercise habits will also improve your mental health–further supporting your weight-loss journey. 

Follow your team’s advice

Patients who undergo bariatric surgery with the Lap-Band Program benefit from having a team of experts at their side. One of the best things bariatric patients can do is heed the advice of their team and work with them to experience the maximum results. 

After receiving the Lap-Band, your support team will work with you to establish healthy habits like diet, exercise, and self-care. Staff within the Lap-Band Program are experts; they know the steps you need to take to achieve your goals. Additionally, these staff members understand the most successful methods for achieving your goals and making them last as long as you continue your journey. 

Stick with the Lap-Band Program

One of the most significant predictors of success is adherence. If you stick to the Lap-Band Program after receiving the Lap-Band surgery, you’ll continue to see results if you are diligent. Effective weight loss is a marathon; it may take months or even longer to achieve your goal weight. However, if you can adhere to the program, you’ll almost certainly see results over time. 

Are you interested in starting your weight-loss journey with the Lap-Band? Get started by learning more about this bariatric procedure by viewing the free online seminar

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

Talk to your doctor, and/or visit our website at for more information on its benefits and risks.