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Will Bariatric Surgery Solve all my Problems?

While bariatric surgery is considered the most effective treatment for severe obesity, it will not solve all your problems. Bariatric surgery is a tool that can help you achieve your goal of losing a substantial amount of weight. It can also reverse weight-related conditions, such as diabetes and high cholesterol. In turn, you will also […]

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Adaptive Fitness

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 […]

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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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