Finding Success with
Lap Band Weight Loss Surgery

Lap band weight loss surgery is one of the most popular surgical treatments for the overweight. The procedure is minimally invasive and therefore requires less recovery time than other surgeries.

Rather than rerouting the stomach and colon, lap band recipients are fitted with a small prosthetic silicone device that decreases the size of their stomach, by creating a small pouch with a volume of about 15 to 20cc on the top part of their stomach, which now acts as the "new stomach".

This reduces the amount of food a patient can ingest and thereby leads to weight loss. In addition, the placement of the lap band promotes feelings of satiety that last for extended periods of time. After the surgery, a strict diet must be followed in order to give the body time to adjust and create a new balance within itself.

In contrast to other procedures, lap band surgery is adjustable and even reversible if need be. The restricting silicone band is often attached to a an inflatable device which is sited under the skin. This inflatable part can be inflated with fluid (normal saline or a silicone gel) to narrow the band further or release it a bit to meet the desired allowable intake of food.

Who Is Lap Band Weight Loss Surgery For?

Who is the ideal candidate for lap band weight loss surgery. Should I go for lap band surgery? Who is adjustable gastric banding surgery for are frequently asked questions. The decision to undertake a lap band surgery should not be made lightly. There are factors you must consider before submitting yourself for this surgery. This could change your life for good...or bad if you get it wrong.

You should consider lap band weight loss surgery or lap band ONLY if you:

If you have a BMI of greater than 45Kg/m2 and have...

Tried Diet, exercise and obesity pills under medical direction without result

You have or are developing health complications of obesity

Are strongly motivated and will be willing to abide to strong dietary and exercise regime that follows this surgery, otherwise failure and return to 'square one' is guaranteed.

The Process

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, although some individuals may be required to have an overnight stay in a hospital.

  • It is often done under general anaesthetic, meaning you will need to be put to sleep.

  • A telescope with a light source at the end is inserted into the abdomen through one of four to six small 15mm hole cut onto the skin of your abdomen while you are asleep

  • The abdomen will be inflated with a gas to enhance vision and improve the field for operating - carbon dioxide gas is often used

  • The band is attached and connected to the inflatable part placed under the skin and tested

  • The operation is over. The small incisions cut onto your abdomen is closed with sticthes

  • The lap band weight loss surgery procedure usually last for about 30 to 40 minutes to complete

  • You will be wheeled to the recovery room, where you will be looked after by nurses closely until you are fully awake

  • Pain killers will be generously given to make sure you have very little or no pain.

Post Surgery Management

After going home, one can expect to take it easy over a six week period as the body adjusts. In the beginning, a patient's recommended diet will start out with clear broths and eventually move to other foods that can accommodate the lap band surgery.

  • You must be very disciplined and eat no more than a fist full amount of food up to 4 times a day

  • May need to take multivitamins with meals to combat loss arising from lost stomach absorption of vitamins

  • After a laparoscopic gastric band surgery, you may need up to 4 weeks off work

  • This procedure has the least complication risk, but patients may suffer abdominal pain if band too tight or vomiting from food getting caught up around the shoulder created by the band. If any of this occurs, call your surgeon

  • When a patient is fully recovered, doctors will also recommend an exercise routine of at least thirty minutes per day.

Rapid Results

After lap band weight loss surgery, body changes can progress rather swiftly.

  • Patients can expect to lose at least fifty to seventy five percent of their excess weight over a period of two years

  • For maximal result, work very had to maintain strict diet rules and exercise regime

With such rapid changes, it is imperative that a patient make all of their follow up appointments. To further help with the weight loss journey, many surgery centers provide after care group therapy sessions.

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