Mary struggled with her weight her entire life. And while she was heavy before having her son, she—like so many of us—gained significant weight during and following her pregnancy. But it was the birth of her son that catalyzed Mary to take control over her weight and change her life. She knew that, “if I was overweight at the age of 30, I wouldn’t be around to take care of him.”
Many young women like Mary choose the Lap-Band® Program because it is reversible and can adjust to major life events like pregnancy. In fact, Lap-Band is the only weight-loss surgery option that can adapt to the changing nutritional requirements of pregnancy. This means that you can lose the weight now to improve fertility and lower pregnancy-related complications, and then adjust the Lap-Band once you are pregnant.
For Mary, every day is something to celebrate. Looking back, she couldn’t have imagined reaching her current weight loss. “I have lost 155 pounds and kept it off for seven years.” The entire experience is still emotional. She can play with her son, run, jump on the trampoline, go to the water park—she can be there for her son as he grows up. The weight loss has given Mary the keys to being the mom that she always wanted to be and the path to long-term weight management.
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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