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.
Lap band doctor. Surgeons place the band and should be in charge of maintaining them.
Bariatric Surgeons. Specialist for lap band surgery are considered bariatric surgeons. You should find a good reputable bariatric surgeon in your area. Looks for board certification in general surgery and specialized training on bariatrics if possible. Also look for surgeons who do the surgeries out of "bariatric centers of excellence" if you can they generally have strict regulations for safety.

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When should someone get lap band surgery?

Hope for never. First reduce your weight to optimal levels by discipline reducing caloric intake with healthy food , regular exercises when failed only you need one of the accepted procedure . Speak to your family doctor first . Read more...

How to know if I qualify for lap band surgery?

Not first option. See your doctor will refer you to weight loss centre near you , after work up first will try non operative medical measures ; treatments , if you really want to loose weight and work with them you will , if your fail then prepare you for right surgery for you. Best benefits are obtained by following the protocol of that institute . Read more...

Please describe the down side to lap band surgery?

Lap band surgery. Your chance of losing the weight you want is less then if you had a sleeve or a bypass. The band is a foreign object and although it does not cause harm but if it doesn't work for you and you want more surgery , it becomes more difficult due to scar tissue and there is an increased chance of complications such as leaks. Read more...
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 more...

Has anyone had the lap band surgery? What can I expect?

Lap band. That requires a long answer. Look at these sites. http://www.realize.com/adjustable-gastric-band-surgery-information.htm http://www.Lapband.Com/ http://www.Obesityhelp.Com www.Lapbandtalk.Com. Read more...

Did anyone else have lots of pain after lap-band surgery?

Not uncommon. Pain at the incision sites is normal and usually gets better in a few days. Sometimes when we close those incisions a nerve can get trapped in the stitch and pain can last for up to a month but will get better. If you have severe pain all over your belly not just the incisions could be a sign of a bigger problem and you should talk to your surgeon. Read more...

Wanted to know if it is okay for me to atleast have a lap band surgery?

Maybe. Very complex question lap band is useful in patients that do not require large weight loss. See a bariatric surgery specialist. Read more...
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 more...

What happens if after lap band surgery bulimia returns?

Need new surgery. Sometimes the lap band breaks and if you're eating a lot it won't work. Lap band surgery is only part of the treatment. You need to continue to get psychiatric help so your bulimia does not return. Read more...
Treatment Needed. Bulimia will usually not be treated by a surgical treatment. It involves emotional and behavioral issues which require an approach that involves multiple modalities. Read more...
Seek help. If it is bulimia then you seek help. If your band is too tight and you have too much vomiting from the band, then check with your surgeon and get an adjustment and an upper GI (barium swallow x ray) to make certain the band is in good position. If you are eating overcooked food, or soft doughy food. Read more...

What should I eat right before and after lap band surgery?

Nothing. Your anesthesiologist will request that you do not eat anything at least 6 hours before your surgery. I would suspect your surgeon will ask you to switch over to very light meals or clear liquids the day before surgery. This can be confirmed with the surgeon. After the operation we will watch your progress before you are allowed to eat anything. Again this will be the surgeon. Read more...
Lap band. Before surgery, you should try to eat healthy and lose some weight (which will make surgery easier). Also want to do this because it is how you should be eating the rest of your life if you want to keep the weight off. After surgery, you usually start on liquids only and progress to solid food over the course if a month. Read more...