“Life before Lap-Band was a journey of its own, but it was a journey of not knowing who I was, it was chaotic, scary, lonely, and I felt isolated from the world.” Rona I is didn’t feel comfortable in his body. He was not confident in who he was and it took a toll on his health, “I was in a place where I had no idea what my life was at that moment and I just felt very sad because I was home alone a lot. I also felt very disconnected from my family!” His weight was becoming a larger problem, one that was affecting others around him.
Ronalis decided enough was enough, “I think what gave me that sense of confidence from wanting to do this was when I saw a picture of what I could become if I continue down this path. There were things that I’ve done already, but the endless cycle of gaining and losing weight, going to the gym, getting a nutritionist, none of that was working for me.” It can be demoralizing being in that cycle. Rona I is was not ready for another cycle and seeing himself in the future was a scary picture in his mind, so he knew he had to do something. “The Lap-Band Program was something that I kind of felt connected to, my life is about to change, and I want this change to happen now.”
“What I love about the Lap-Band is that it’s reversible and adjustable, and I liked that better than having my stomach stapled, where it’s a permanent procedure.” The custom fit each patient has for the Lap-Band really stands out to our patients. There is no comparison to the noninvasive and quick procedure of the Lap-Band. “There’s a port attached to my stomach, so the doctor is able to go in and adjust it to tighten or loosen my band, quickly, if needed.” All it takes is a quick check-in with one of our many Lap-Band specialists.
With the help of the Lap-Band Program, Ronalis has found a clear route toward lasting weight loss.”! definitely feel very supported in the process after surgery, especially with the doctors that I’ve had.” Apart from having to go for checkups, Ronalis says he liked going, “I actually wanted to go once a month to see how much weight I was losing. I would also meet with my nutritionist to figure out my diet, why I was eating more, and why I was eating less.” The aftercare provided to Lap-Band Patients helps them to stay on track and continue their journey.
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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