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With thousands of successful surgeries performed in the U.S. since 2001, the LAP-BAND ® system has helped many obese people lose significant weight and keep it off. One of the most trusted aids to long-term weight loss, the LAP-BAND® system shrinks the stomach’s capacity. It offers many advantages over gastric bypass surgery such as less risk, shorter recovery, no cutting or stomach stapling and no need to bypass part of the stomach or intestines. The procedure is fully reversible and adjustable.
The extremely safe LAP-BAND® procedure, which uses a silicone elastomer device, wraps around the upper stomach to form a smaller stomach pouch. Kink-resistant silicone tubing links the band to an access port below the surface of the skin. Through the port, the surgeon can add or reduce the amount of saline to inflate or deflate the band, according to the patient’s particular weight loss objectives. The tighter the band, the smaller the amount of food that can be eaten. Most patients are recommended to lose 1-3 pounds per week.
The LAP-BAND® is adjusted during outpatient visits, depending on how much weight the patient loses, how much food they can realistically eat and any health issues involved. The bottom line: patients who have had the surgery feel full sooner when they eat and are satisfied with eating less food in general.
Who is an ideal candidate for the LAP-BAND® system?
People who are at least 60 lbs. overweight, or severely obese can benefit most. More than 12 million people in the U.S. fall into the category of Clinically Severe Obesity, which is considered a chronic disease. The most accurate measure of whether you are a suitable candidate is Body Mass Index ( BMI), based on height and weight (click here to calculate your BMI). If your BMI is 30-65, the LAP-BAND® system may be a good option.
Patients who are profoundly obese can benefit from the LAP-BAND® system because they face serious health problems and risk of early death if they remain in their present condition. Besides health risks, obesity can mean higher insurance premiums and greater risk of job loss. Diets and trying to change eating behaviors rarely work for people who are significantly obese, according to the medical community.
LAP-BAND® surgery is often the best and surest way to overcome the “yo-yo syndrome” of losing weight, then gaining all the weight—or more—back again. The LAP-BAND® system has been certified by the FDA for treating obesity. The simple and fast laparoscopic procedure poses minimal risks and is very safe.
Weigh the risks of other procedures: the LAP-BAND® system is much safer.
Conventional obesity surgery has risks that can be life-threatening. There may be limited access to the stomach because of all the fat around it. After surgery, patients can suffer from blood clots in deep veins or develop complications because they must remain immobile. LAP-BAND® surgery is nowhere near as invasive as other procedures. There is no need to open the stomach or cut intestines, and patients do not suffer much discomfort. Best of all, the LAP-BAND® system can be fully reversed and adjusted if needed.
Consider the LAP-BAND® system if you are at least 60 lbs. overweight. It could be a very smart, safe and even life-saving choice..