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<ul><li><p>LAP-BAND Surgery Guide </p><p>TopSurgeons : promotes some of the finest LAP-BAND Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons / </p><p>Cosmetic Surgeons and Dermatology Surgeons / Dermatologists in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles </p><p>and beyond. </p><p>LAP-BAND Surgery for Weight Loss </p><p>For millions of Americans, being overweight is more than just a problem of carrying around a </p><p>few excess pounds. For this population, being overweight is a significant hindrance to living a </p><p>normal life, and is a risk factor for serious health problems. This condition is known as morbid </p><p>obesity. </p><p>How Is Morbid Obesity Defined? </p><p>Typically, the term morbid obesity is defined as being 100 pounds or more over ones ideal </p><p>weight, or, alternatively, having a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or greater. BMI is calculated </p><p>according to the following formula: BMI = [Weight (lbs) height (in)] x 703 </p><p>What is the LAP-BAND? </p><p>LAP-BAND is an implantable device consisting of an inflatable band (a silicone ring), which fits </p><p>around the upper part of the stomach. </p><p>How Does LAP-BAND Work? </p><p>The LAP-BAND, once implanted, is inflated with saline solution through an access port </p><p>placed under the skin. This causes the LAP-BAND to become tighter around the upper part of </p><p>the stomach, creating a smaller stomach pouch. When you eat, the pouch fills up much more </p><p>quickly because there is simply less physical space. It will take time for food to move from the </p><p>newly-formed pouch to the rest of the stomach. You will therefore feel full faster and eat less. </p><p>How much weight will I lose? </p><p>Dramatic weight loss can be expected over time, but a gradual weight loss of about 1-2 pounds </p><p>per week is preferred. Usually, 40 percent of excess weight is lost within a year of the procedure; </p><p>and at 5 years, most patients lose and maintain 50-70% of excess body weight. LAP-BAND </p><p>surgery is approved for patients meeting guidelines set by the National Institute of Health: Body </p><p>Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40, or BMI of at least 35, combined with severe medical </p><p>conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. The LAP-BAND is </p><p>recommended for patients 18 years and older. </p><p>What Does the LAP-BAND Surgery Involve? </p><p>http://www.topsurgeons.com/ourdoctors/our-doctors.phphttp://www.topsurgeons.com/plastic-cosmetic/plastic-cosmetic.phphttp://www.topsurgeons.com/plastic-cosmetic/plastic-cosmetic.phphttp://www.topsurgeons.com/dermatology-laser/dermatology-laser.phphttp://www.topsurgeons.com/dermatology-laser/dermatology-laser.php</p></li><li><p>Implantation of the Lap-Band is a minimally invasive procedure. This means there are no large </p><p>incisions necessary. Your surgeon uses a laparoscopic technique (hence the name LAP-</p><p>BAND), which involves making a few tiny incisions and inserting a laparoscope (a tiny camera) </p><p>to guide the placement of the LLAP-BAND in the appropriate position as the surgeon views it </p><p>on the video monitor. The LAP-BAND is then locked securely in place. </p><p>Adjusting the LAP-BAND </p><p>One of the most appealing features of the LAP-BAND is that its adjustable. Your doctor will </p><p>insert a thin needle into the access port located beneath the skin, and either withdraw liquid to </p><p>loosen the band or inject more saline to tighten the LAP-BAND, depending on your response </p><p>to the therapy and your comfort level. If you find the LAP-BAND is so restrictive that it causes </p><p>significant discomfort, it will be loosened; if you find yourself eating too much and/or not feeling </p><p>full, it will be tightened to allow further restriction of food intake. </p><p>When is the LAP-BAND Considered Appropriate Therapy? </p><p>The LAP-BAND should only be used in cases of severe or morbid obesity. The cutoff should be </p><p>a BMI &gt;30. It is not indicated for patients who are mildly or moderately overweight. The LAP-</p><p>BAND is not indicated as first-line therapy; it should be considered only after normal measures </p><p>of caloric restriction and exercise have failed. </p><p>What Are The Advantages of the LAP-BAND Surgery? </p><p> Minimally invasive procedure </p><p> No large incisions or scarring </p><p> No cutting or stapling of the intestines or stomach </p><p> No surgical bypass is created </p><p> Significantly less pain post-op </p><p> Lower risk of complications and mortality </p><p> Fully adjustable and removable </p><p> Clinically proven to maintain long-term weight loss. </p><p>After Your LAP-BAND Surgery </p><p>You will be able to go home the same day, and will likely be able to return to work or school </p><p>within one week. You will start to notice weight loss gradually, but the cumulative results will be </p><p>impressive. Most patients lose 50-80% of their excess weight within the first year after LAP-</p><p>BAND surgery. You need to follow your surgeons instructions closely so that your procedure </p><p>will be a success. </p><p>A New Way of Eating </p></li><li><p>Your new stomach will require special treatment. In the first few weeks following LAP-</p><p>BAND surgery, you will be placed on a liquid diet. After that, you will eat only soft or pureed </p><p>foods, and then finally regular solid foods. You will find that you get full very quickly compared </p><p>to before your LAP-BAND surgery. this is normal, and to be expected. When you eat, you </p><p>should not drink a large quantity of liquids with your food. This will advance the food through </p><p>the pouch and into the rest of the stomach, defeating the purpose of the pouch. </p></li></ul>