Fiona, like many others, had always struggled to start her journey for weight-loss. She grew content with where her life was at, but one day something happened that made her change her life, “There was a time when I was speaking to one of my girlfriends on the phone and she was asking me a question and I said, “I have to get up to go look.” And I said, “Hold on, I can’t get off the sofa without rolling to the side to support myself to get up.” And she was like “Don’t you think this is the time to do something about this?”
Fiona already had a great starting point, she said she had already done her research, “It didn’t seem so dramatic surgery-wise it seemed more of an available tool to help with losing weight than something that could be more permanent. I already knew all of them, but I recently knew of people that had the Lap-Band, so I was leaning towards more of that because I’d watched their transformation and was liking their results.”
The support Fiona received from her Lap-Band specialists left a lasting impact on her, “You really do monitor your diet to make sure you get the-the right nutrients that your body needs and your doctor helps you through that as well. You monitor what you eat, which I think is great because you’re so restricted in your amounts at the beginning that you want to get the right nutrients for your body, which then sets a path for your future because everything’s changing now and you’re on the right path to living a healthier lifestyle food-wise.”
Fiona would not change a thing. She still is a big fan of what the Lap-Band program has done for her, “I would definitely recommend it to them. It’s a great tool to becoming more healthier physically and mentally and it is not as dramatic as other procedures. I feel it’s more accessible and easier to cope with because the other ones are so dramatic surgery-wise that the Lap-Band is a tool, a fantastic tool that I would advise to everyone.”
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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