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All of Your Questions About Lap Band Surgery, Answered

No weight loss journey is easy, but when you’ve exhausted all other options and you’re still struggling, bariatric surgery may be the next step. Approximately 50% of Americans report being unsuccessful with weight loss due to a lack of discipline, but what about the other half of the population?

In truth, a medical issue could be preventing weight loss and more extreme measures will need to be taken. And one of those solutions may be Lap Band surgery. Below is some helpful information that may help you better understand the process.


How does a Lap Band work?

Lap band surgery works by constricting your stomach to help you avoid over-eating. This is done by placing a silicone band around the stomach. Although this procedure makes it easier to control portions, it has no effect on a patient’s daily calorie or nutrition needs. If a patient does eat too much, they’ll be met with feelings of nausea and may even vomit. These negative experiences may help patients curb their appetite and lose weight.


Will a Lap Band procedure help keep weight off?

The vast majority of weight loss in these cases occurs within the first year of having a Lap Band in place. If you’re concerned about the results varying with a Lap Band, you may want to look into different surgical options such as the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery.


Can Lap Band procedures be dangerous?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. These risks vary from patient to patient, and they can be operating risks or even dangerous side effects that occur after the procedure is over. It is extremely important that you consult with your surgeon to determine whether or not a Lap Band is the right option for you.

Unfortunately, you may not find all of your answers here but you can find out more by attending one of our free seminars. Sign up can be done on the Wood County Hospital website under classes or you may speak with someone in our office by calling (419) 373-7699.