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Will Bariatric Surgery Solve all my Problems?


While bariatric surgery is considered the most effective treatment for severe obesity, it will not solve all your problems. Bariatric surgery is a tool that can help you achieve your goal of losing a substantial amount of weight. It can also reverse weight-related conditions, such as diabetes and high cholesterol. In turn, you will also receive enhanced quality of life and improvements in many other areas of your life, such as long-term health.

However, part of bariatric surgery requires a commitment to a serious lifestyle change. Each bariatric surgery is different but each provides a similar result: a reduced stomach or stomach opening that reduces hunger and ignites a lasting feeling of satiety. In some bariatric surgeries, there is a change to the metabolism and the hormones in the stomach. Each of these options requires that participants make a long-term commitment to a substantial change in their diet. 

Lap-Band® is not a miracle cure. You must commit to a drastic lifestyle change, which can be extremely challenging for many people. Just as the Lap-Band will do its part, you must do yours and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep the weight off. For instance, consider the fact that the Lap-Band restricts the amount of food you can eat. If you choose to consume pizza and other fattening foods as your primary source of food, your weight loss likely won’t be as significant as it could be. Similarly, if you overeat consistently, you may face adverse and unwelcome side effects. Failure to follow the specific eating, drinking, and exercise plan set by your specialist or dietitian may cause you to lose less weight than expected. You should be active, avoid excessive snacking, and eat high-quality food high in protein and vitamins.

During this process, attitude is everything. Making a complete lifestyle change is not an easy process. Having a strong support system and expert Lap-Band specialist is crucial to help maintaining your success. Taking the process day by day and following guidelines will help you effectively stay the course. Your journey truly begins once you enter the healing stages after your surgery, and aftercare is crucial. Keep in contact with your specialist and stay engaged with your program for best results.

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