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Weight loss surgery isnít a cure for obesity, but it can provide the assistance you need to develop a healthier lifestyle if other weight loss options haven't been successful. Statistics have shown that lap band surgery can help patients lose up to 90 percent of their excess body weight. The procedure works by limiting food intake and suppressing appetite.

If you suffer from an obesity-related medical condition, you may be able to greatly improve your physical health by having gastric bypass surgery. After the procedure, nearly 80 percent of patients with hypertension and 90 percent of patients with diabetes no longer need to take their medication. People with conditions such as asthma, arthritis, and sleep apnea also see an improvement in their well-being after surgery. A qualified bariatric surgeon can evaluate your medical history to see if you would benefit from gastric surgery.

As with any other medical procedure, you must consider the pro and cons of lap band surgery before making your decision. About one in 300 people die from lap band surgery. This is a less than one percent risk, but it is still an important consideration. Only you can decide if the potential rewards outweigh the risks of surgery.

Failure to lose weight is the most common complication from lap band surgery. However, this is most often attributed to the patient's inability or unwillingness to make the necessary lifestyle modifications. For example, patients who consume milkshakes and other high calorie liquids or persist in snacking between meals often fail to see a significant weight loss after the procedure.

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  • Lowest mortality rate

  • Least invasive surgical approach

  • No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal re-routing

  • Adjustable

  • Reversible

  • Lowest operative complication rate

  • Low malnutrition risk


  • Slower initial weight loss than Gastric Bypass or BPD

  • Regular follow-up critical for optimal results

  • Requires an implanted medical device

  • In some cases, effectiveness can be reduced due to band slippage

  • In some cases, the access port may leak and require minor revisional surgery

Other than the general risks of surgery, there is a chance the band will slip out of place or erode into the stomach wall. Doctors say these complications are relatively rare and, most often, can be fixed laparoscopically. Obesity surgery is only recommended for patients who are severely overweight (have a BMI of 40 or more), and for those with a BMI of 35 or higher who have serious weight-related medical conditions.













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