Over 58 million Americans today or overweight or obese; this number increases everyday and now we are even seeing childhood obesity. Weight gain can be attributed to many different factors such as genetics, some medications, poor diet and lack of exercise. Fast food is often the answer for a quick meal and is often habit forming. By eating fast food, you are poisoning your system and allowing for extra fat to accumulate on your hips, buns, thighs, and stomach’s. Extra body fat is not only unattractive, but it is very harmful to our health. Many diseases are triggered because of extra body fat such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, and back and joint problems.
There are many different diets and diet products available to us that promise fast results in the safest possible way. Unfortunately these diets and pills do not work for most of us. There are however, other options such as surgery. One of these revolutionary surgeries is the Lap Band. Before you commit to getting surgery, you must meet a few qualifications and you must understand this as any other surgery.
• You must be at least 18 years old.
• You must weigh at least twice your ideal body weight or 100 pounds more than your ideal body weight.
• You must be overweight for at least five years.
• You must have tried other serious weight loss attempts.
• These serious attempts only have had short term success.
• You must not be suffering any type of disease that may have caused your obesity.
• You must be willing to change your lifestyle greatly including eating habits and lifestyle.
• You must be willing to be monitored by a specialist.
• You cannot drink alcohol in excess.
If you meet all of these qualifications, you may be a suitable candidate for the lap band surgery.
What is the Lap Band?
The lap band only has a mortality rate of 0.2% and a 3% early complication rate. The lap band surgery starts by the doctor making four or five small incisions in your skin. The band is then placed around the upper part of the stomach, dividing it into two unequal parts. The upper part is your stomach and the band restricts your food intake and makes you feel full faster, in turn, that creates weight loss.
The Lap band is inflatable; saline solution is injected into the band system about six weeks after the Lap band has been placed and continues until the patient feels full after eating small amounts of food. The procedure lasts less than an hour and patients usually go home the next day. Recovery time is about seven days.
The success rate really depends upon the person’s ability to change his or her lifestyle if they can stick to a certain diet. The most recent study shows that about 70 to 80% of people that have had the lap band surgery have successfully lost most of their unwanted body fat and have been able to keep it off for five years.
Only you and your doctor can decide if lap band surgery is for you. Research it thoroughly before you commit to having the surgery. It is one of the safest and most effective ways for morbidly obese patients to lose weight. Even those that did not lose all of their excess body fat experienced better mobility, higher self esteem and good overall health.