The Lap-Band is a safe and effective method of weight loss surgery, intended to help those patients who have between 50 – 100 pounds to lose. The Lap-Band limits food intake, and paired with healthy lifestyle changes, allows patients to stop struggling with their weight issues.
Lap-Band surgery that is performed laparoscopically allows patients to spend less than 24 hours in the hospital, typically. Patients can expect to return to work within a week, and can resume exercise within a month to six weeks. If there are surgical complications, recovery may take a little longer.
How Much Weight Will I Lose?
People often ask how much weight they will lose with the Lap-Band. Weight loss results vary from patient to patient, and is dependent on several factors. The Lap-Band must be in the correct position, and the patient must be committed to making lifestyle changes, and improving eating habits. Weight loss can be as much as 2 to 3 pounds per week, but the average is about a pound a week. About 18 months after Lap-Band surgery patients can expect their weight loss to taper.
Remember, the goal of the Lap-Band is not to experience dramatic weight loss quickly, as there are several health risks associated with rapid weight loss. The biggest benefit to the Lap-Band may be the resolution of health problems like diabetes and hypertension that often develop due to obesity.
Dr Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson is a Phoenix weight loss surgeon. He encourages his lap-band surgery patients to learn to cook and adopt healthier lifestyles. His goal is to use culinary medicine to keep patients out of his operating room. in 2017, Dr. Simpson became a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist.