Is Lap-Band Surgery Right for You?
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What is Lap-Banding?A Lap-Band is a silicone gastric band that’s placed around the top of the upper part of the stomach. The band helps people gradually lose and control body weight by reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold.
A Lap-Band operation is done under anaesthetic in a hospital operating room. During surgery a few cuts are made in the abdomen. If no complications occur, the procedure takes about an hour.
A Lap-Band creates a small stomach pouch that initially holds about 60 mLs of food. Later on it holds up to 120 to 170 mLs. This controls the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time.
The outlet into the normal stomach and intestines is also reduced in size, so food trickles through slowly. This means people who’ve had Lap-Band surgery feel full eating only small amounts of food.
Who Can Have Lap-Banding?
Who Should Not Have Lap-Banding?
How Much Weight Might You Lose?The amount of weight you could lose depends of a number of things. The band needs to be in the right position and you need to commit to healthy eating habits.
Lap-Bands are not miracle cures. The fat won’t come off by itself. You need to set weight loss goals from the start. During the first year you’re likely to lose about half a kilo a week. A weight loss of one to one-and-a-half kilos a week in the first year is, however, possible. After 12 to 18 months, weight loss is more gradual.
Gradual weight loss is vital. Losing weight too fast is unhealthy and can cause health problems. A main goal would be to lose weight to prevent, improve or resolve health problems linked to being overweight.
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