When people think about weight loss surgery, many people think that only the morbidly obese are eligible for surgical help losing excess weight. A few years ago that may have been true, but in the last two or three years the FDA approved the LAP-BAND System for patients with lowerBMIs (between 30 and 35) who suffer from at least one co-morbidity, like diabetes or hypertension.
More dramatic surgeries like the gastric bypass or gastric sleeve may not be appropriate for smaller weight loss, however, the LAP-BAND can be a great tool for patients who want to lose 30 or more pounds but who need additional help to encourage or maintain weight loss.
Considering that 2 of 3 people are overweight or obese, and that the average adult over 35 gains 1-2 pounds a year, the LAP-BAND may be a way to help tide the rising weight issue we are experiencing in the U.S.
Benefits of LAP-BAND surgery for moderate weight loss:
- Regular adjustments help prevent weight regain and support long-term weight loss.
- 45% of patients with obstructive sleep apnea experienced resolution.
- Cholesterol improved by 71%.
- Patients felt more confident, experienced enhanced productivity, and spent more time being active, according to clinical studies.
- Reduction in type 2 diabetes by 20-59%.
Additionally, the LAP-BAND surgery itself causes minimal discomfort or trauma, has fewer side effects than other procedures, and can be reversed at anytime if a patient decides to have it removed.
One of the benefits of having the LAP-BAND surgery at our Delaware weight loss surgery center, CHRIAS, is our commitment to helping patients through their entire weight loss experience. We offer total weight loss support through frequent expert-led support groups, nutrition counseling, and caring follow-up with your surgeon.
Learn more about whether the LAP-BAND is a fit for your weight loss needs by contacting our Delaware weight loss surgery center online, calling us at 302-892-9900, or registering for a free informational bariatric surgery seminar. Or, share your weight loss experience with the LAP-BAND on our Facebook page with the hastag #itfits.