The LAP-BAND® is a tool designed for those who are ready to make a serious commitment to weight loss. To see best results, patients should begin incorporating a healthy dose of exercise into their routine. Their diet is also of the utmost importance. Without all of these healthy behaviors in place, patients may not receive […]Read More
If you’re considering undergoing bariatric surgery, you have several choices. One of the main draws of the Gastric Band, or LAP-BAND®, is that it is a non-anatomy altering procedure. The band can be adjusted, and it can also be removed. Some people opt to have it adjusted during pregnancy, or removed altogether once goal weight […]Read More
Many patients wonder if they can still consume alcohol after the LAP-BAND® Procedure. Can you make alcohol a healthy part of your post-LAP-BAND Procedure life? Let’s discuss! To succeed with the LAP-BAND System, you must stick to your goal of making major, lifelong changes to your eating habits. That means, as you recover, it’s crucial […]Read More
You’ve probably heard about adaptive fitness discussed in the context of individuals who have suffered accidents or were born with specific disabilities that impact the way they move. However, adaptive fitness can be an important part of your weight loss journey as well. Adaptive fitness includes exercises that are adapted to accommodate students with permanent […]Read More
The weight loss journey can be an incredibly emotional one. Not only are there emotional setbacks that prevent you from starting the journey, but doubts may creep in during the journey too. Finding strategies to overcome these emotional setbacks is crucial to maintaining long-term success. Before you begin your journey, you’ll need to understand that […]Read More
Do you food journal? Are you hoping to get into the habit? Studies suggest that food journaling can double weight loss, but it’s much more than simply writing down your food intake. You should include information like your mood, hunger level, and dining environment. Observing these patterns can help you understand why you eat the […]Read More
What is the last thing you ate? What have you eaten in the last 12 hours? Now, can you recall the sensation you felt eating the food? Chances are, if you’re able to recall everything you ate in the last day or so, you certainly can’t recall how you felt when you ate it. Studies […]Read More
If you’ve done any research into the LAP-BAND® System, it’s likely that you’ve run across a few myths. It’s understandable to have questions before you take such a leap into your weight loss journey. It’s time to set the record straight about LAP-BAND and erosion rates. Myth: LAP-BAND has a high erosion rate. As with […]Read More
Is body acceptance the secret to healthier eating? Some studies suggest that it might be. It can be tough to hear the message over and over about what you should be doing or what you should be eating, especially when they’re advertised as being “easy to follow” tips. You might be feeling defeated because you’re […]Read More
Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information
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 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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