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What are some of the problems after the lap band?

What are some of the problems after the lap band?

Lap band: Lap band for the most part is a safe procedure. The worst complications but are very rare is a slip and a erosion. Slip is when the band comes out of position and slips down on the stomach causing pain and inability to keep food down and erosion is when the band erodes through the stomach wall and needs to be removed because it causes pain. ...Read more

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How do you qualify to get a lap band?

How do you qualify to get a lap band?

Depends:surgeon/plan: This will depend o. Several factors including your surgeons preferences and indications for surgery awe well as the provisions of your insurance plan and criteria for predetermination that they have established for your benefits plan. ...Read more

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What are the dangers with the. Lap Band ?

What are the dangers with the. Lap Band ?

Depends. : Short term complication rates are very low. The most common being bleeding or wound infection. Long-term complications however are more common. The major complications are a slip or an erosion. Both requiring reoperation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a lap band slipping?

What are the chances of a lap band slipping?

'2%--18%' on Website: Lap band slippage occurs when the lower part of the stomach “slips” through the band, creating a bigger pouch above the band. Either removing fluid (from the lap band) or surgical repositioning is required to repair band slippage. Symptoms include vomiting and reflux, and it is diagnosed by drinking a dye and using x-ray to observe it. See http://www.Bariatric-surgery-source.Com/lap-band-problems. ...Read more

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Which is better: a lap band or a realize band?

You be the judge: This article should answer all your questions: http://www.wlshelp.com/lap-band-vs-realize-band.html ...Read more

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What are things I should know about the lap band?

First you know: Why you are getting one , and tried all non operative alternatives , enrolled in a weight reduction program for a reasonable time . If you fail , lap band is one the procedure , relatively safe , and it is removable ( reversible ) . You have to discuss with your surgeon the risks , like any procedure it has , of course you know the benefits if you follow the required regime ...Read more

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Why do some people need to have their lap band adjusted?

Why do some people need to have their lap band adjusted?

Too tight/too loose: It is adjusted because it may be too tight and cause limited food intake and nausea/vomiting or it may be too loose, allowing patients to eat past their caloric limitations. ...Read more

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I'm considering the lap band. How risky is the procedure?

Quite: There are several complications include band shift, band erosion (where it breaks through the wall of the esophagus/stomach), and pain. This is a very high risk procedure that does not have the same benefits long term of a gastric bypass (roux-en-y) procedure or others. Don't get fooled into thinking it will resolve all of the problems. ...Read more

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I have had lap band, and have been thinking of having a revision?

I have had lap band, and have been thinking of  having a revision?

Talk 2 surgeon...: You should go back to your surgeon and talk with them. Usually, people have to convert from a lap band to another type of operation that not only affects how much you eat (restrictive) but also an operation that affects how you absorb your food (malabsorptive). As you might imagine that's a big step, and most surgeons require quite a bit of counseling to determine the right type for you. ...Read more

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Can you provide some advice for someone who's had the lap band done?

Can you provide some advice for someone who's had the lap band done?

Patient-dependent.: The Lap Band is very dependent on your efforts at weight loss. It's an assistive device. It won't make the weight magically disappear from your body. It'll help,you lose weight, about 70 pounds on average, in conjunction with a prudent diet and exercise regimen. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between lap band and realize band?

Different companies: Both function the same. Lap band is made by allergan and comes in 2 sizes (standard and large). Realize is made by johnson & johnson and is somewhat softer but comes in 1 size. Most surgeons will offer both as long as available at hospital. ...Read more

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Might someone have lap band and then have the bypass, if necessary?

Might someone have lap band and then have the bypass, if necessary?

Bariatrics: For bariatric surgical care, one successful procedure is the goal, not two. After engaging in the local bariatric program of your choice, you will learn the risks and benefits of each procedure in addition to the diet and behavior modifications. Many patients lose enough weight with the program alone, that surgical care is not needed. Okay to discuss with your bariatric team. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lap band and liposuction?

Lots: A lap band is a band that is placed around your stomach to limit the size of your stomach, making you feel full sooner. You eat less and thus lose weight. Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat from focal spots (most commonly the abdomen and love handles), but doesn't generally cause much weight loss, just shaping. ...Read more

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How much overweight to qualify for the lap band procedure?

How much overweight  to qualify for the lap band procedure?

80-100 lbs: Depends more with your insurance carrier than anything. Check with a surgeon who does bands. ...Read more

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Is it impossible to maintain weight after lap band removal?

Is it impossible to maintain weight after lap band removal?

Yes: After lap band removal you should continue on a low fat low calorie diet if you are trying to lose weight. The lap band was acting like a belt, making you feel full sooner. Once it is removed, your stomach will have a larger capacity, so you won't feel full as quickly. It is best to see a nutritionist and figure out an optimal calorie diet for continued weight loss ...Read more