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Is the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure Right for You?

laparoscopic adjustable gastric band right for you image?By now you’ve probably examined all the reasons why bariatric surgery is worth considering. It’s important to know that there are several different bariatric procedures and each one offers its own set of risks and rewards to consider. Is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding the right choice for you? This guide will help you decide.

Do You Need the Type of Intervention the Lap-Band Procedure Provides?

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery is not a small step to take in your weight loss journey. It’s not an option for someone looking to take off 10 or so stubborn pounds. This is a measure that should only be taken by people in extreme situations, such as the following:

  • You have a BMI of 40 or greater and have been severely obese for many years.
  • You have a BMI of 30 or greater and at least one additional condition associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.

Can Your Body Handle Lap-Band Surgery?

Gastric banding is considered the safest form of bariatric surgery, with a rapid recovery time. It is also the least invasive operation of all the weight loss surgeries available, since there is no cutting or re-connecting of stomach or intestines. The average band patient loses and maintains long-term weight loss equal to 50-60% of their excess weight.

That said, you must also be healthy enough to have the surgery. Obesity-related conditions aside, you must be free of other infections that could impair healing, you must be able to tolerate pain associated with the device after implantation, and you must be free of certain, specific health conditions, including the following:

  • Inflammatory disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcers
  • Severe esophagitis
  • Severe heart disease
  • Severe lung disease
  • Dilated veins
  • Portal hypertension
  • Abnormal esophagus, stomach, or intestine
  • Cirrhosis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Alcohol or drug addiction
  • Are receiving long-term steroid treatments

Certain exceptions to the above apply of course, depending on the severity of the obesity. You should discuss any and all health conditions with your doctor to ensure that lap-band surgery does not pose unnecessary risks to your health. For minor risks, you must weigh the potential benefits of surgery against the risks and decide, along with your doctor, if this is the right choice for you.

About half of the patients need additional surgeries to adjust the bands or deal with other complications, but only about 1 in 20 patients opted to have the bands removed.

Are Your Expectations Realistic?

The one thing you must remember is that weight loss surgery is not a cure for obesity. The pounds will not melt themselves away. You must continue to eat, but you must learn to eat differently.

It’s more important than ever to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to function and heal – even though you can’t eat large meals like before. Now, you must choose the right foods when you do eat and eliminate empty calories.

You must also add exercise, when able, into the mix so that you can burn calories more easily. It’s the combination of cutting calories and burning calories that will net the most positive and promising results from your surgery.

Ultimately, if you are ready to kick those pounds to the curb for good, have tried so many other options to take the weight off without lasting success, and are willing to make the changes needed for real results, then the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure may be the right choice for you.

Contact us at New York Bariatric Group at 800-633-8446 to learn more about the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure, or attend a free seminar.


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“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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