Jeff's Lap-Band® Success Story - Lap-Band®
Jeff's Story

Jeff lost 85 lbs.

“Before the Lap-Band, I just felt like the big guy in the room, and now I feel attractive!”

Jeff's Lap-Band® Success Story

Traveling Struggles

Jeff’s weight would create unneeded stress every time he boarded a flight. For someone who travels for work, this can bring a lot of unneeded stress for him. “It was depressing to be that heavy. l wouldn’t fit in the main cabin seat on the airplane and had that horrible feeling that I’d be hanging over the edge and touching the other person.” This thought would be a constant with him when traveling, which was a lot. He decided enough was enough.

Taking control

Jeff before the Lap-Band® Program

For Jeff, getting the Lap-Band was one of the best decisions he ever made, “I never questioned the decision. I’m in healthcare, so I did the research on the results. I didn’t know how much l would lose, but I was confident that I would lose a significant amount, and I never doubted it.”

Overcoming Criticism

Nobody should ever have to deal with harsh criticism, especially for their weight. In many cases, it is not their fault in the first place. Jeff has seen this criticism first-hand, “People judge you when you’re overweight, but the harshest critic is yourself. l don’t think anyone judged me nearly as bad as I judged myself.” Nothing he tried was helping and he knew he needed some additional help.”! was 85 pounds overweight, but I worked out every day. I was in the gym; I was the overweight guy in good shape.” Jeff says the Lap-Band is what helped push his weight-loss journey to the next step. Without the Lap-Band he would still be in the constant cycle of gaining and losing weight.

Quick & Easy Procedure

Like others, this decision was an easy one for him to make. “The procedure was the least invasive option, it’s adjustable and it’s reversible. I had worked with patients who had bariatric surgery and it’s a very dangerous, invasive procedure.” In comparison to the other procedures, Jeff felt the Lap-Band was a safer procedure. “There are all kinds of unintended consequences and side effects with the other procedures. It’s done with a laparoscope, so you get one stitch and a bandage and for me, it was an easy procedure that was a half-hour in the clinic. l went home after a couple of hours.” Jeff was able to carry on with the rest of his day, only now he was carrying a tool to help him lose his weight and keep it off.

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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