Obesity and Cancer

Did you know that, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, after not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the best thing you can do to lower your risk of getting cancer? Being overweight or obese increases the risk for at least 12 cancers, including mouth, liver, kidney, stomach, colorectal, prostate, esophageal, breast, pancreatic, […]

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Dispelling the Top LAP-BAND® System Myths

By now, you’ve probably completed some research on several bariatric weight loss procedures. Of course, you’ve probably run across a few myths about LAP-BAND®. It’s time to set the record straight and find out the truth. Myth #1: The Band Doesn’t Work When compared to Gastric Bypass surgery, there’s the common misconception that the LAP-BAND […]

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Dispelling Myths: No One Wants the LAP-BAND

There are many misconceptions about the LAP-BAND® System. One myth is that no one is undergoing the LAP-BAND Procedure any longer. Statistics and success stories show that this simply isn’t true. The LAP-BAND is an effective system for many people. It doesn’t involve ineffective tactics like diet pills or fad diets, and patients don’t have […]

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The Importance of Eating and Chewing Slowly

Have you ever been told that you should chew your food a specific number of times before swallowing, and you should set your utensil down after every bite as you chew carefully? Well, it turns out there could be some truth to it. In fact, it is very helpful not only for individuals trying to […]

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Dispelling LAP-BAND Myths: Bands Don’t Work

There are a number of myths out in the world that make claims about the LAP-BAND® Procedure. One of those misconceptions is that the LAP-BAND System does not work. In fact, though every patient experience is different, there are countless examples of the LAP-BAND being a successful long-term weight loss tool. The perception of some […]

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Cooking Tips Post-LAP Band

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 […]

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Eating During the Holidays with your LAP-BAND

The holidays can be an incredibly difficult time for individuals trying to follow a healthy lifestyle. Temptations are in every direction—cookies, special holiday drinks like peppermint mochas and eggnog, side dishes like mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing, and boxes of candy brought to the office by colleagues and clients. Slipping up might feel inevitable. […]

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Setting Attainable New Year’s Goals

Many individuals make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. While there’s nothing wrong with that, many people make unrealistic, drastic weight loss goals. These unrealistic weight loss resolutions can end up being damaging to your mental health and can set you back. It’s better to set more positive, health-centered New Year’s Resolutions that are easier […]

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Does the LAP-BAND Need to be Removed if I Become Pregnant?

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 […]

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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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