Is Lap-Band Surgery Right for You?
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How Much Does Lap-Banding Cost?
The cost of a Lap-Band can start from about $5,000 if you have the right surgeon and health insurance. Without insurance the cost can be up to $17,000. Contact your surgeon for more information.
What are the Benefits of Lap-Banding?A five-year study found that Lap-Banding has the following benefits compared to laparoscopic gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) surgery.
Other features of the Lap-Band are that it’s reversible (it can be removed) and it’s adjustable. Some experts claim that by helping to reduce people’s body weight, it is saving lives and reversing some cases of type 2 diabetes.
What are Some Possible Side-Effects?
Coffee isn't allowed for 3 months after lap-band surgery
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This article was compiled in consultation with CalorieKing.com.au experts and in reference to the following sources:ABC, The 7.30 Report, ‘Surgery Offers New Hope for Obese’, http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2006/s1636596.html
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Carolina Weightloss Surgery, ‘How Does the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y) Work?’, http://www.lgbsurgery.com/howdoes.html
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Last updated: December 23rd, 2008
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