Have you tried to lose weight in the past but have not found success? If you are beginning to feel hopeless, you aren’t alone. Thousands of individuals have stood in the same place you are right now. It may be time to consider alternative weight-loss options like bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery options include sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, duodenal switch, and gastric banding with the Lap-Band® Program.
Bariatric procedures are life-changing procedures and the decision to pursue surgery should not be taken lightly. It requires a major commitment and willingness to change your life. Individuals must meet specific requirements.
Failed weight-loss attempts
Before individuals are able to undergo a bariatric procedure, they must go through a thorough evaluation by their surgeon. The screening process includes ensuring you are healthy enough for the procedure and that you have failed with more conservative weight-reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
In order to pursue weight-loss surgery, your BMI must be a certain number. With Lap-Band Surgery, your BMI must be at least 40 kg/m2 or higher, or at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. For instance, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you may qualify for the Lap-Band Procedure at a BMI of 30 kg/m2.
These qualifications are in place to ensure that you lose weight safely. If you are wondering if Lap-Band is right for you, talk to a specialist today.
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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 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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