Brighton's Lap-Band® Success Story - Lap-Band®
Brighton’s Story

Brighton Lost 100 lbs.

“Before surgery, I was wearing a size 3XL-4XL.
But just this last week I went shopping and bought only a size Medium!”

Brighton’s “Take Control” Moment

Brighton before the Lap-Band® Program
Brighton after the Lap-Band® Program

Brighton tried and failed many times to lose weight. Through grade school and high school, she struggled. “My heaviest weight recorded was in late 2018/early 2019, when I weighed around 300 pounds. I finally reached a breaking point during the summer of 2020,” she said. The country was five months into the pandemic, and Brighton had ushered in her 21st birthday. “I spent those months sitting around watching TV, eating unhealthy takeout, and drinking sugary alcoholic beverages. I had no energy and no stamina; I was dealing with severe acid reflux, and I was constantly in physical discomfort. I lost it after another late-night fast food run when I realized that I needed to get it together. I seriously needed help.”

A “No-brainer” Solution

Brighton was young. The prospect of undergoing bariatric surgery worried her family. But after meeting with her surgeon Dr. Davtyan and discussing the risks and benefits of each type of bariatric surgery available, Brighton was “clear that the Lap-Band Program was the safest and most comfortable choice for me.” She said that “the fact that it is so non-invasive compared to other types of bariatric surgery was very comforting to us. Once we understood how the system worked, it felt like a no-brainer.”

On The Right Path

At just six months post-op, Brighton has lost 100 lbs. “I’m not quite done with my journey, but I am so amazed that I’ve even made it here! Before surgery, I was wearing a size 3XL-4XL. But just this last week I went shopping and bought only a size Medium!” she said.

Brighton continues to see her surgeon for check-ups. “My doctor and nurses are all so supportive and encouraging; they made the process so much easier for me. I always felt that I had someone to call if I needed advice or guidance. I am so thankful that I went for all of my checkups. It helped me stay on track and know that I was doing everything right.”

Staying in the Right Direction

With the help of the Lap-Band Program, Brighton has found a path toward lasting weight loss and health. “Even in such a short time, the Lap-Band Program has completely turned my life around. I am a musician and performer, but I had lost so much of my confidence. In addition to now eating so much healthier, I exercise all the time. I have much more energy and stamina, and I can finally wear whatever I want and express myself freely.”

For Brighton, the hard work has been worth it. “I would let someone know that this procedure isn’t just a fix-all. You need to be dedicated and ready to work hard to change your life. But I would also tell them that it is so worth it. If you are ready to turn everything around but are afraid you won’t be able to follow through, this procedure will really help you get where you need to be. After trying so many times before to get healthy, the Lap-Band Program was the thing that got me there! I have never felt better.”

Are you ready to transform your life with Lap-Band Program too?

Speaking with a Lap-Band Surgeon can help you resolve any questions or concerns you might have. If you are wondering if the Lap-Band Program is right for you, find a local surgeon today. Your weight-loss journey is right around the corner.

Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

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