The Obesity Epidemic
Treatment Options
The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band
LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Post-Surgery Diet and Nutrition
Living with the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band
FAQ's
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 Living with the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band

Surgery is the first step on the road to successful and sustained weight loss. However, you must adopt a lifelong program that will help you meet your goals. This multi-faceted program will include routine check-ups with your surgeon, ongoing band adjustments if necessary, and regular attendance at support group meetings. Work closely with your surgeon and weight management team, follow their advice and communicate openly with them. Learn to use the LAP-BAND® System as a tool to help you lose your excess weight.

click to watch animationADJUSTING TO A NEW LIFE
LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System adjustments are performed without surgery using a thin needle to inject or withdraw saline from the band via the access port. Being able to adjust the band is a unique feature of the LAP-BAND® System and is a normal part of the follow-up. This feature lets your surgeon find the right level of restriction to meet your individual needs.

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Following the LAP-BAND® System placement procedure, the band is usually left empty or only partially inflated for a while. Adjustments are not usually performed until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, although the exact time will vary from patient to patient. You and your surgeon will decide when the time is right for your first band adjustment. To determine this, your surgeon will consider:

  • Your weight loss so far
  • The amount of food you can comfortable eat
  • Your exercise routine, and
  • The amount of fluid already in your band

The LAP-BAND® System offers you a way to obtain steady and safe weight loss. Don't be in a hurry to have an adjustment before you are ready.

MOTIVATION IS THE KEY
To work, the band needs your participation. Your success will depend on you and the partnership between you and your medical team. Your surgeon will not perform the operation unless he or she is sure that you understand the problems your excess weight is causing. Your surgeon will also make sure you understand your responsibilities, including adopting and maintaining a new eating pattern and a new lifestyle.

As with any surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications associated with the LAP-BAND® System Surgery . Talk to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for the LAP-BAND® System.