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The importance of weight-loss support

June 3, 2022

One of the least-discussed keys to weight loss is support. Lap-Band® patients find support from a variety of sources, but none are more important than that which they receive from their team. Before discussing how the Lap-Band Program uniquely offers support, you should first know what comprises weight-loss support and what makes it so important for long-term results. 

What is weight-loss support?

Those who are committed to losing weight find support in many places. Some people might find it from a partner or family members, using their encouragement to support lifestyle changes. Others can find weight-loss support groups. These groups are a collection of individuals who share similar goals and struggles. A weight-loss support group can provide support in the form of encouragement and accountability. 

Finally, the Lap-Band Program provides patients with support from a staff of medical professionals. Lap-Band professionals offer support in the ways previously mentioned but can also provide expert knowledge on aspects of weight loss like nutrition and exercise. 

Why weight-loss support is critical

Now that you know what a weight-loss support group is, you should also know what makes these support systems so crucial for long-term weight loss. Weight-loss support can provide some much-needed tools that promote weight loss. 

  • Emotional Support – Weight loss can come with ups and downs. This process, like anything in life, can present unique struggles. When these struggles occur, it always helps to have someone close who can provide comfort and reassurance. 
  • Accountability – You may not receive emotional support and accountability from the same source, but both are equally important. That’s why those trying to lose weight should make sure they have a system of accountability. Weight-loss support can keep you accountable and help you adhere to goals even when you feel like abandoning them.
  • Expert Guidance – Weight-loss support groups can provide some expert advice, but the Lap-Band Program excels at it. Lap-Band patients can glean many benefits from their team’s knowledge about the science and methods for effective weight loss. Some of this knowledge may translate to diet changes, moderate exercise routines, and mental health referrals. 

Support with the Lap-Band

With the Lap-Band you can receive comprehensive support from a variety of experts. Surgeons, and their teams, have provided support for over one million patients. To find out more about the Lap-Band program, and what you can expect, register for our free online seminar

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

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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