The internet is a great place to get information, but it can also be a place where there are a lot of myths propagated. The LAP-BAND is no exception.
Here are a few of my favorites untruths about the LAP-BAND:
(a) You cannot drink coffee with the band.
False. You can drink coffee or tea with the band. We don’t want you to drink a lot of liquid calories, so avoid those high calorie Starbuck’s drinks. As some of you may recall – in the recovery room we give our patients either tea or coffee.
(b) The band should be tight enough to prevent you from eating too much food.
False. The Lap-Band band does not work by “restriction,” it works by “suppression” of appetite. Food goes through the band in about a minute – so you can eat as much as you ate before. Your job is to limit what you eat, and the Lap-Band makes it so you won’t be hungry before the next meal.
(c) The Lap-Band causes reflux and heartburn.
False. The band is a barrier against reflux, heartburn, and night cough. If you develop any of those, then you have too tight a band, or have developed a band slip. Anytime you get reflux or heartburn contact us and we will schedule you in our next available appointment.
There are a lot of myths surrounding the Lap-Band, but the band is simply a tool. Learn to use the tool and it will serve you well! You can expect to lose between 50 and 100 pounds if you follow your doctor’s orders and adopt healthy habits.
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.