An adjustable gastric band is an effective weight-loss solution for people struggling to lose weight and keep it off. With the gastric band, you can limit the amount of food you eat with a safe, effective laparoscopic procedure. The adjustability of the gastric band is critical for effective weight loss because it can be adjusted with your needs and progress. Talk to a surgeon about how an adjustable gastric band can help you lose the excess weight in a safer, smarter, lasting way.
An adjustable gastric band is one of the safest procedures you can have and serves as one of the most effective methods for losing weight. That’s why the Lap-Band® is endorsed by leading bariatric surgeons, covered by most insurance companies, and has been performed over 1,000,000 times worldwide since 1993.1
There are few solutions with as many benefits as an adjustable gastric band. With this tool, and a caring team of professionals to guide you, you can’t go wrong with this solution. Why chose a gastric band? Here are just some of the benefits you’ll receive:
Lessen Conditions like Type 2 Diabetes2
The Lap-Band System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The Lap-Band System is not recommended for non-adult patients (patients under 18 years of age), patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
The Lap-Band System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Placement of the Lap-Band System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
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