Lap Band Myths: The Truth About the Procedure

The quest to lose weight and get healthier isn’t easy for everyone. Sometimes medical intervention is necessary to help those pounds come off and stay off. Surgical procedures have been proven to be very helpful in this arena, often enabling those who have been incapable of losing weight to drop large percentages of body fat. For those looking for a reversible option, the lap band procedure is a popular choice. Myths about this procedure, however, have some not so sure if the option is worth pursuing.

The lap band procedure involves the placement of an adjustable band around the top portion of the stomach. This band essentially reduces stomach capacity, making it easier for people to eat smaller amounts. Fully reversible, the procedure is a sound option for those who would prefer to avoid permanent alteration of their bodies.

Here are some of the common myths surrounding this procedure and the facts to bust them:

Lap Band is a dangerous option
Yes, all surgeries have their share of risks. The lap band is no different in this regard. Even so, there is a very low chance of complications for this procedure, especially when compared to more involved weight loss surgeries, such as the gastric bypass. Complications that do arise are often easy to resolve.

The surgery prevents pregnancy.
This is simply not true. Women with lap bands in place can become pregnant and may safely do so. The truth is, however, that most doctors prefer women to wait until about two years after surgery to do so since the bulk of weight loss will occur in this procedure.

Quality of life drops
This is also simply not true. While the procedure will require lifestyle adjustments, the side effects tend to be lower than with other forms of weight loss surgery.

People who are severely obese will find surgical weight loss options may offer the help they need to lose weight once and for all. To find out more, consult with a reputable bariatric surgeon.


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