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What Type Of Specialist Handles Lap Band Surgery
General Surgeon.: General surgeons perform the surgery to place the lap band. Some of these general surgeons have undergone fellowship training (1 year) in bariatric surgery to learn these techniques as well as other types of weight loss operations (gastric bypass, duodenal switch, etc.). There is no separate board certification process outside of that for general surgeons through the american board of surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Special Blood Test: Unfortunately, there is no 100% diagnostic test to confirm vagal nerve injury. Gastric emptying studies are often ordered but are notoriously unreliable. The best test is measurement of pancreatic polypeptide (pp) after Insulin administration. Normal secretion of pp is mediated by the vagus nerve in response to low blood sugar. If the vagus is injured, the pp level remains low after insulin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lap band: Can't answer that in such a short space. I spend an hour discussing that with new patients. You need to meet the bmi requirements first. If you do, you may then be a candidate for surgery. If you are, the next question is which operation is best for you. Just because you want a lap band doesn't mean that is the right operation for you. See http://www.Lapband.Com/ http://www.Realize.Com/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If applied by laparoscopy, depending on your general health and condition, any complications and your own unique case and the type of work you do and your work environment, one could possible be back a work in a matter of a day or so up to a week or more. If an open procedure and with the above concerns, it could take weeks. This should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon prior to surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lap band: Slower weight loss, lower total weight loss, high failure rate, 20-30% lifetime re operation rate, it can cause reflux (the gastric bypass cures this), it can cause esophageal dysmotility, the band can slip/prolapse, the band can erode or cut into the stomach, the band can leak, the port can flip. It is however, the safest weight loss operation, and it is reversible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Who cares?: The popularity of a procedure doesn't mean it's the right procedure for you. Your choice should be made by you and your bariatric surgeon based on many factors. So have a consult with a Bariatric Surgeon recommended by your PCP ...Read more
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