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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Is the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure Right for You?


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I l