What Is The Lap Band Procedure?

The Lap Band procedure is a minimally invasive surgery to make the stomach hold less food than it currently does to help patients lose weight.  It is performed by making small incisions or a single incision (the newer “micro Lap Band” procedure) in the patients belly. There is not any need of stapling or repositioning or removing of your gastrointestinal tract. A silicone ring is placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline which makes a little pouch that limits your intake of food. The lap band surgeon can change the stomach size by adding or subtracting saline, and adjustments can be done without surgery.
Your tolerance for sweets and sugary foods will still be there as it is not changed. What will change is your sense of feeling full to occuring a lot sooner than before the procedure. One small side effect is you will be more at risk for lack of nutrients should you neglect eating the recommended healthy foods or merely overlook the fact to eat by passing up a meal.

So, Is It Risky or Not?

According to many doctors who perform the “LAP-BAND Procedure”, they regard it as the least dangerous, minimally invasive and has minimal discomfort of the many choices in weight-loss surgery. The laparoscopic system also the advantages of considerably less pain following the operation, leave the same day or just one-day hospital stay, along with a speedier healing period.

Potential Risks of Obesity

Obesity is becoming a health epidemic globally. According to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no age or racial groups immune to the rapidly spreading condition throughout the country and world. Just within the U.S. alone, there are roughly one-quarter of the population in the U.S. is considered obese and an additional 97 million Americans are overweight or on the edge of being categorized as obese.

Morbid Obesity

An individual who is categorized as morbidly obese is in most cases someone who weighs approximately two times their size or well over 100 pounds than the person’s optimal weight or has a body mass index (BMI) beyond 40. The National Institutes of Health report that morbid obesity may significantly decrease life expectancy and is related to a higher risk| of developing major health conditions which include:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Joint Problems
  • Cancer
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Sleeping Disorders
  • Respiratory Problems

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