Michelle knew she needed to make a health change when she lost her husband to esophageal cancer. The numbers on the scale were climbing, and she feared for her life. She had two young children at the time. Michelle knew they couldn’t lose another parent. “It’s life or death for me,” she says. “I didn’t have a life before Lap-Band.”
There are several bariatric surgeries to choose from. However, unlike other options, the Lap-Band® Procedure is both reversible and non-anatomy altering. “I chose Lap-Band because I didn’t want any of my organs detached and reattached,” she says. The Lap-Band is also adjustable, which has allowed Michelle to maintain her weight loss for six years.
With significant weight loss comes big life changes, and Michelle is no stranger to that. Many individuals notice an improvement in comorbid conditions once they lose weight with Lap-Band. They enjoy their life again; their energy levels improve, they feel good about their body, and they can participate in activities they couldn’t do for many years. For Michelle, it was the moment she realized she didn’t have to worry about being comfortable in a chair or a booth. It was the freedom to ride on a rollercoaster with her kids.
Taking the first step is perhaps the most difficult one. “I know there are people out there that feel exactly the same way I did,” she says. You may feel like there is nothing that can help you or that you can’t make the change. “Yes, you can,” says Michelle. “If I can do it, you can do it.”
Countless individuals have found success with the Lap-Band Program. The procedure is performed laparoscopically, and there is no rerouting of the stomach or intestines, so patients recover quickly. The procedure is adjustable, which makes it a great option for many people who need to lose a significant amount of weight. Along with the procedure, aftercare programs that offer counseling, coaching, education, and support are proven to help achieve the best long-term weight loss results. Just take it from Michelle, who lost 162 pounds with the Lap-Band Program.
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 under 18 years of age), 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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