Morbid obesity is the most serious stage of obesity. Those suffering from this life-threatening condition find themselves struggling with their weight and essentially end up feeling as if they’re trapped in a weight gain cycle. Morbid obesity describes those who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or 35 to 40 with health problems caused by their weight.
For patients who are unable to lose weight by traditional methods, Lap-Band surgery can be life changing. The National Institute of Health recognizes bariatric surgery as a highly effective treatment to combat obesity and a means of long-term weight management.
What is Lap Banding?
During the surgical procedure, the Lap-Band is placed around the top portion of the patient’s stomach directly below their esophagus. This allows the surgeon to adjust the tightness of the band after the surgery is complete. This band is then filled with saline, which compresses the area around the patient’s stomach. Any food consumed then sits in this area, creating a feeling of fullness with smaller portions.
The food then slowly makes its way down into the stomach where the normal digestion process takes place. Typically, the Lap-Band will need to be adjusted several weeks following the procedure to ensure proper nutrition once adequate restriction is achieved.
Can Bariatric Surgery Improve My Health?
When combined with a comprehensive dietary and exercise plan, Lap-Band surgery is an effective tool that provides patients with prolonged weight loss and improvement in overall health. Bariatric surgery has been proven to improve or even eliminate obesity-related conditions such as:
- Sleep apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Am I a Candidate for Lap-Band Surgery?
Gastric banding works well for individuals who are committed to losing weight and living a healthier, more active lifestyle. Patients who seek to lose weight and restrict portions while still consuming junk food, soda, and other unhealthy meals are not ideal candidates.
Significant weight loss through Lap-Band surgery can also pave the way for many other opportunities for patients, their families, and mostly importantly, increasing their life expectancy. The most successful patients have realistic expectations and have made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle once and for all.