Jonathon had already suffered one heart attack and was on the road to another if he didn’t make a serious and significant change. He knew that he was unhealthy. Food was his comfort zone, but that comfort came at a cost to his health. He was taking up to eight pills a day before making the decision to take control with the Lap-Band® Program.
After his weight loss, Jonathon was able to get off his prescription medications and enjoy the added freedom that comes with losing weight. Like Jonathon, people who have the Lap-Band Procedure realize health benefits beyond just weight loss. Weight loss from the Lap-Band Program has been proven to resolve or improve serious obesity-related health conditions in many people, including Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Sleep Apnea, and GERD. And 73% of all Lap-Band Patients reported remission of their Type II Diabetes after two years due to their weight loss.1-5 Because Lap-Band does not permanently alter your anatomy, you can still enjoy the healthy foods you love and avoid the costly supplements.
With his continued weight-loss and the resulting sense of pride, Jonathon engages in more activities. He doesn’t “try to hide.” His path with Lap-Band has provided a new way forward and new energy for life. He “smiles a lot.” The things that he couldn’t do before because of his weight and his health, he can do now with ease. And with Lap-Band, Jonathon has found a renewed energy to enjoy life.
1. Dixon John, Chapman Leon, O’Brien Paul. Marked Improvement in Asthma After Lap-Band Surgery for Morbid Obesity. Obesity Surgery. 1999.
2. Dixon John, O’Brien Paul. Health Outcomes of Severely Obese Type 2 Diabetic Subjects 1 Year After Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding. Diabetes Care, Volume 25, Number 2. February 2002.
3. Dixon John, Schachter Linda, O’Brien Paul. Sleep Disturbances and Obesity: Change Following Surgically Induced Weight Loss. Arch Intern Med/Vol 161. Jan 8, 2001.
4. Dixon John, O’Brien Paul. Gastroesophageal Reflux in Obesity: The Effect of Lap-Band Placement. Obesity Surgery: 1999.
5. Remission of T2 Diabetes was achieved by 73% of patients at 2 years. Quality of Life Score 11 point improvement at 5 years
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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