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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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 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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