Millions of dollars are wasted every year on failed weight-loss programs. Promises made go undelivered.
The Lap-Band Program changes the cost equation.
Investing in the Lap-Band Program is a true investment in yourself. The Lap-Band Program’s cost is small compared to the benefits you will realize from your sustained weight loss. A study at George Washington University found that the average annual price of obesity is $2,646 for men and $4,879 for women.1 Over just a decade, that adds up to between $26,000 and $49,000 in avoidable, weight-related spending. In the course of a lifetime, the dollars easily top a quarter million.
With the help of the Lap-Band Program, you can lower your risk and the possibility of an avoidable hospitalization, and you can improve or even reverse chronic conditions. 73% of all Lap-Band Patients reported remission of their Type II Diabetes due to their weight loss after two years on the program.2
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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