The LAP-BAND® System is a weight loss tool that can help you meet and exceed your weight loss goals. It is a gastric band that helps to limit the amount of food you can eat at once. Through healthy portion control and a healthy lifestyle, you can lose excess weight and keep it off too! The LAP-BAND® System provides a weight loss solution that is minimally invasive. The LAP-BAND® gastric band procedure is performed laparoscopically, so you can get back to your weight loss journey quicker.
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Once the LAP-BAND® procedure is complete, you can begin your weight loss journey. You will be provided with support and quality care throughout your aftercare program. Your highly-trained team of LAP-BAND® specialists will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you are adapting to a new and improved healthy lifestyle. They will encourage you to sustain a healthy and well-balanced diet, while exercising regularly. They will provide you with the tools and techniques to live a long-term healthy lifestyle, while the gastric band helps reduce your hunger urges. Safe and effective weight loss is possible with the right clinic.
After all the hard work and dedication that it takes to achieve your goals, you deserve to enjoy your results for years to come. The LAP-BAND® program helps with healthy portion control, while care from your team of specialists gives you the techniques to keep the weight off. The LAP-BAND® gastric band is a tool that can help you not only achieve your weight loss goals, but exceed them too.
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If you’ve been thinking about weight loss surgery as a tool in losing your excess weight and maintaining your ongoing health goals, you can use the guideline below to determine if LAP-BAND® System is the right option for you.
Unlike the gastric bypass, the LAP-BAND® System doesn’t involve any stomach stapling, cutting or intestinal re-routing. It can help you achieve steady, healthy and safer weight loss, with a shorter recovery time. And although the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is not meant to be removed, it can be, in some cases laparoscopically. Surgeons report that the stomach generally returns to its original shape once the LAP-BAND® System is removed. After the removal, though, you may gain more weight.
The average hospital stay is less than 24 hours. Typically, it’ll be about a week before you can go back to work, and about a month to six weeks before you can start exercising again. In the case of open surgery, or if there are complications, recovery may take longer.
Don’t be in a hurry to have multiple band adjustments — this is a long-term weight loss management program. Your adjustments depend on your individual case and considerations such as how fast and well you are healing post-surgery. Many patients have between five and eight adjustments within the first year after surgery, while others may have only a few. However, adjustments are customized to meet your individual needs. Don’t be in a hurry to have an adjustment, as one of the major benefits of the LAP-BAND® System is a steady, healthy and safe weight loss.
Sterile saline (salt water similar to tears) is used to fill or adjust the LAP-BAND® System. Saline is used commonly in medical applications as a filler, hydration and cleansing solution.
You may. It’s possible to not get enough vitamins from three small meals a day. At your regular check-ups, your specialist will evaluate whether you are getting enough vitamin B12, folic acid and iron. Your surgery team may advise you to take supplements.
Remember that weight-loss surgery is not a quick fix. The LAP-BAND® System is a powerful surgical tool that can help you lose weight, but your motivation and commitment to a new lifestyle are the real keys to your success. If you don’t follow the post-surgery nutrition and exercise guidelines, your weight loss success with the LAP-BAND® System may be greatly reduced. For example, you should NOT drink any liquids with your food. Liquids pass straight through your upper stomach pouch and into your system. There, you absorb their ‘empty’ calories (high calorie drinks such as milkshake or soda), and you won’t feel full. Therefore, you may not lose as much weight as you could. In addition to the new nutrition plan, regular exercise helps you lose even more weight, and most importantly, it will also help improve your overall health and wellness.
Although the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is not meant to be removed, it can be, in some cases laparoscopically. Surgeons report that the stomach generally returns to its original shape once the LAP-BAND® System is removed. After the removal, though, you may gain more weight.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with the LAP-BAND® System procedure. These include the standard risks of any surgery, such as infection. Other risks include, but are not limited to, nausea and vomiting, band slippage, band erosion, and access port problems. To obtain detailed risk information, please talk to your doctor.
Becoming pregnant can be easier as you lose weight. Your menstrual cycle may become more regular. In addition, the LAP-BAND® System’s adjustable feature supports pregnancy. If you need to eat more while you are pregnant, the LAP-BAND® System can be loosened. After pregnancy, the LAP-BAND® System may be made tighter again and you can resume losing weight.
Check-ups with your surgeon are extremely important and highly recommended before and after the procedure for long-term success. During the first year after surgery, patients typically visit their surgeons every four to six weeks, although that will vary from patient to patient. LAP-BAND® System adjustments can be made during these visits.
This is not always the case. As a rule, plastic surgery will not be considered for at least a year or two after the operation since the skin will sometimes mold itself around the new body tissue. Give your skin the time it needs to adjust before you decide to have more surgery.
The answer here is both yes and no. Some insurance plans provide coverage for medically necessary weight loss surgery while others do not. Before proceeding with your plans for surgery, check with your healthcare insurance provider. In the event that your healthcare insurance plan does provide coverage for this type of surgery, third-party financing options are available.
If you have more questions about the LAP-BAND® System procedure, feel free to reach Dr. Bali’s office using the form on the contact page of this site or by calling 304-767-7800.