Renewing Your Health
Most people agree that losing a substantial amount of weight is more like a marathon than a sprint. Though all surgical procedures will help you lose weight during the first year, keeping the weight off over the long-term can be very challenging. Lap-Band® is not just a tool for weight loss; it is a tool that will help you reprioritize your health. The Lap-Band Program helps you take control over your weight, because only the Lap-Band can be tightened or loosened as your body or your physical needs change over time, helping to provide sustainable weight loss over the long-term. When you decide to undergo the Lap-Band Procedure, you make a commitment to improve your health. Not only can the Lap-Band help you lose weight, it can help you renew your health goals and improve comorbid conditions.
The Lap-Band gives you control over your body, because it is the least invasive and safest weight loss surgery available, with the lowest complication and mortality rates. Unlike other, more drastic weight loss surgeries, the Lap-Band procedure does not cut out the majority of your stomach or reroute your intestines. It has the lowest risk for vitamin or mineral deficiencies. The procedure is typically performed in less than an hour, and you can usually return home the same day with a short recovery time. If for any reason your Lap-Band needs to be removed, it is easily reversible.
The Lap-Band features an adjustable gastric band that’s placed around your upper stomach to help limit your food intake and promote your feeling of fullness. With regular adjustments that help you continue losing weight, the Lap-Band is a long-term tool that gives you more power over your hunger and more control over your weight loss than ever before. Patients are not as hungry food as they were before the procedure. In order to get the necessary nutrients needed to maintain a healthy diet, patients need to focus on consuming healthy, high-quality foods. Filling up on fattening, sugary, calorie-laden foods may lead to weight loss plateaus or even weight gain. Dedicating yourself to eating healthy, nutritious food that makes your body and your band happy will help you reach your life-long health goals.
With the weight loss that comes with the Lap-Band Program, you may find yourself being able to exercise and move your body in ways that you were previously unable. Patients who reported being tired from normal, everyday activities found themselves with much higher energy levels following the Lap-Band Procedure. They no longer feel tired walking up the stairs or playing with their kids. Patients move from performing adaptive exercises to completely revamping their workout routines and pushing themselves farther physically than they ever thought they could. A regular exercise regimen is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
The Lap-Band Program can lead to weight loss that can improve serious weight-related medical conditions, from diabetes and asthma to high blood pressure. The Lap-Band can help you take charge of your life and your health conditions. Studies also show that obesity can lead to increased risk for diseases like cancer and heart disease. Controlling your weight can help lower your risk.
When you say yes to Lap-Band, you say yes to a life-long commitment to your health.
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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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