Would you find it easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle if you weren’t constantly hungry? The Lap-Band Program utilizes gastric banding to help do just that.
An adjustable Gastric Band is placed around your upper stomach to help limit your food intake and promote your feeling of fullness. With regular adjustments that help you continue losing weight, the Lap-Band System is a long-term tool that gives you more power over your hunger and more control over your weight loss than ever before.
The Lap-Band Program includes customized counseling, coaching, and nutritional education to help support the lifestyle changes you need to keep the weight off over time. Throughout your aftercare program, you will be encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.
The tools and techniques that you learn throughout the weight-loss program will help you to live a long-term healthy lifestyle and keep the weight off for years to come.
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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