If you don't achieve the expected weight loss after Lap Band surgery, it's important to discuss this with your medical team. They may recommend adjustments to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits. In some cases, an adjustment to the band or a different weight loss procedure may be considered.
Many insurance plans cover Lap Band surgery if it's considered medically necessary, but coverage can vary. Our team can help you understand your insurance benefits and any potential out-of-pocket costs.
Weight loss can vary widely between individuals, but on average, patients might lose around 40-50% of their excess weight in the first year following surgery. Long-term success depends largely on lifestyle changes and regular follow-ups with your bariatric team.
After surgery, you'll need to follow a phased diet that starts with liquids, then progresses to pureed foods, soft foods, and eventually regular foods. Overeating can cause discomfort or vomiting, so it's important to eat small, balanced meals and chew thoroughly.
The band is adjusted by injecting or removing saline solution through a small device placed under the skin during surgery. This adjusts the size of the opening between the two parts of the stomach, controlling the rate at which food leaves the upper pouch.
Most patients can return to work and resume normal activities within 1 to 2 weeks following Lap Band surgery. However, recovery times can vary based on individual health factors and the nature of the patient's work.
Complications can include band slippage or erosion, stomach irritation, acid reflux, and poor nutrition. As with all surgical procedures, there are also risks of infection, bleeding, and reactions to anesthesia.
Benefits of Lap Band surgery can include significant weight loss, improvement or resolution of obesity-related health conditions, and an enhanced quality of life. The band is adjustable and reversible, offering flexibility not present in some other weight loss procedures.
Lap Band surgery, or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, is a type of weight loss surgery that involves placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch, which limits food intake and promotes a feeling of fullness after eating small amounts.
Yes, in many cases, revision surgery can be performed laparoscopically, which often means a faster recovery and less post-operative pain. The feasibility of a laparoscopic approach will depend on your specific situation and the surgeon's evaluation.