Zoey struggled with maintaining her weight for over 20 years, “losing 50 pounds, gaining 100, losing 20, gaining 30. It was constantly, constantly a struggle”. She lived her life in pain before she reached rock bottom, “In August 2017, I went to my primary doctor, I told him about my backache and he decided to do an X-ray. They found arthritis in my lower spine and said that if I didn’t lose weight, I would be handicapped in 5 years, on a wheelchair and not be able to go to the bathroom.“ Right as she heard this, Zoey knew a change was needed, “Okay, I’m young, my kids need me, I need to do something and I need to do it fast.”
Zoey understood Lap-Band was different from other bariatric procedures, “I knew a lot of people that had done the gastric bypass, they had done the stomach stapling and the balloons and whatnot. But I decided to do the Lap-Band because I have more control over it.”
Being in control meant the world to Zoey. The Lap-Band Program gave her peace of mind that the other procedures couldn’t, “With the Lap-Band, if I gained 5, 10 pounds, I would go back to the surgeon, he’ll close me back up, liquid diet, boom, weight is gone. Done.” The process was too easy for Zoey to pass up.
Zoey maintains a relationship with her surgeon to this day. She mentions a lot of her success came from the care she received post-procedure, “I have amazing follow-up care and it taught me how to eat right. Of course, I go to restaurants and I want to eat everything on the table, but I can’t. You are only able to eat so much that even though you can eat more, you stop when you’ve reached your portion because your body has learned that. It’ll tell you it’s full.”
It’s impossible to put a price on confidence. Zoey told us, “I can look at a magazine and pick the dress off that model and put it on, and I look better than her. I was never able to do that. I had to choose one of the biggest sizes in the magazines, and sometimes the magazines didn’t have that size because I’m so big and they don’t carry sizes of that big of a size.” Now, Zoey doesn’t hesitate to buy the dress she wants.
Speaking with a Lap-Band Surgeon can help you resolve any questions or concerns you might have. If you are wondering if the Lap-Band Program is right for you, find a local surgeon today. Your weight-loss journey is right around the corner.
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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