Lap-Band® procedures involve using an adjustable band to restrict a portion of the stomach so that only a small part of it is used. The upper, smaller pouch receives food and can only hold six to eight ounces ensuring you feel full more quickly. The food then enters the lower, larger pouch of the stomach, which further allows you to feel full for a more extended period. This helps patients lose 40-55% of excess weight.
This is an outpatient procedure requiring a minimal recovery period, but the significant changes will be with diet and exercise following the surgery. This particular procedure requires continual check-ups to adjust the band according to your diet, weight loss needs, and to avoid overfilling of the restricted portion of the stomach.
If you had a band in place but did not receive it from us, we can take over adjusting the band and conducting your check-ups if for some reason you would like to switch providers. Any information about your band would be helpful but is not necessary, and fluoroscopy will need to be conducted to orient ourselves with your Lap-Band®.
Our free seminars are designed to meet any concerns you have and give accurate information into what you can expect from each type of bariatric surgery. This time is created for you to bring any questions you have for our physician to answer.
Lap-Band® surgery is a highly successful procedure, where the majority of patients report significant weight loss. A typical patient loses between 1-2 pounds a week consistently, with this rate slowing down after the first year or so. If you want to get Lap-Band® surgery in Lubbock with West Texas Bariatric, simply call us and ask about our patient success stories!
Patients above a BMI of 35 can expect to lose between 50 and 100 pounds in the first year. The amount of weight lost is heavily dependent on starting BMI, with heavier patients losing more. Gastric bypass surgery typically has patients losing more weight, more quickly; however the Lap-Band® is an excellent option due to its reversibility and fewer surgical complications.
The Lap-Band® is not permanent, and is typically removed within five to ten years of the initial Lap-Band® surgery. The main use of the Lap-Band® is to promote healthy eating habits and make it easier for patients to develop a better relationship with food; it’s not meant to be a permanent fix.
Lap-Band® removal surgery usually takes between 1 to 4 weeks to fully recover from, with most patients taking around 2 weeks off of work to recover. Patients are able to do some activity, such as walking short distances, however they are dissuaded from heavy exercise.
Lap-Band® removal surgery is a safe surgery that presents relatively few complications. Typically, patients will find a few things after their surgery. They will need to follow a liquid diet and slowly reintroduce foods back into their diet. Patients may also feel a bit more hunger than they used to, which is perfectly normal. Patients are instructed by their doctor to follow a healthy eating regimen to promote sustained weight loss after removing the Lap-Band®.
Yes, many insurance providers will pay for Lap-Band® surgery. You will want to check with your insurance provider to make sure that Lap-Band® surgery is covered under your insurance. If you want to know which insurance providers we work with, give us a call and ask if your insurance provider is on the list.
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