If you are significantly overweight and have struggled for years to shed pounds and keep them off, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery. Destination Weight Loss offers patients bariatric surgery options designed for rapid weight loss, including minimally-invasive, laparoscopic, Lap-Band Surgery.
Learn more how Lap-Band, a gastric banding surgery, can result in long-term weight loss, significant improvement or resolution of obesity-related diseases, and an improved quality of life.
What Is Lap-Band Surgery?
During Lap-Band surgery, a silicone belt is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. A saline solution is later injected into the silicone belt, causing the ring to expand and tighten around the stomach to form a small pouch. This pouch, which will now function as the stomach, is about the size of a golf ball and holds about four ounces of food.
How Does Lap-Band Surgery Help You Lose Weight?
Lap-Band surgery produces rapid weight loss because it drastically reduces how much food you can eat at once. Your stomach is only able to hold four ounces of food and you will be able to feel full after consuming far fewer calories. After having the Lap-Band surgery, you’ll be instructed on the proper eating habits that will make meals most enjoyable and result in the greatest weight loss.
What Are the Benefits of Lap-Band Over Other Weight Loss Surgeries?
Lap-Band surgery is a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure, and is completely reversible. The procedure requires only small incisions, meaning a much quicker recovery-time over traditional open surgeries. Unlike gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomies, Lap-Band surgery does not permanently alter your digestive tract, so should you choose, you may have it removed.
Is Lap-Band Surgery Right For You?
You may be a candidate for Lap-Band surgery if you have a BMI (or body mass index) of 40 or more, or have a BMI of 35 or higher with obesity-related health problems. Usually, men who are 100 pounds overweight and women who are about 80 pounds overweight are likely to qualify for lap band surgery.
In order to enjoy the full-benefits of Lap-Band surgery, you must be committed to making specific lifestyle changes. You will need to change your eating habits, eating smaller portions of highly nutritious foods, and learn to be more physically active.
Lap-Band surgery patients should also be willing to commit to a follow-up schedule with their surgeon. Long-term success of Lap-Band surgery is often reliant on regular “fills,” or injecting more fluid into the silicone band.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to your weight loss struggles, contact Destination Weight Loss to learn more about Lap-Band surgery and other bariatric procedures. We will help you determine the procedure best suited to your needs and goals.
Contact us online today! You can also reach us by phone at 256.840.5547 (Albertville) or 256.571.8734 (Guntersville).