Lap-Band® surgery is a minimally invasive surgical weight loss tool that helps you lose weight by restricting how much food your stomach can hold, allowing you to eat less at every meal. While Lap-Band surgery is minimally invasive, there are pros and cons to consider.
At Peachtree Surgical & Bariatric, our team of skilled weight loss care professionals offer a number of weight loss solutions at our office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Pros and cons of Lap-Band surgery
If you’re ready to lose weight, the first step is to consult with experienced and skilled weight loss professionals to find the most effective and safe solution for your needs and circumstances.
We offer the New Lap-Band surgery for qualified patients at our clinic in Atlanta. The Lap-Band creates a narrow pathway between your upper and lower stomach, essentially making your stomach smaller so you feel satiated eating smaller meals.
Here are some of the main pros and cons to consider if you’re thinking about getting Lap-Band surgery:
Benefits of Lap-Band surgery
One of the main advantages of Lap-Band surgery is that we can modify and adjust the results of this minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure, or you can choose to get rid of your Lap-Band in the future and have your stomach return to its original size.
Since Lap-Band doesn’t require major surgery, you don’t have to worry about an intense recovery period or longer hospital stays. The recovery and healing process is much shorter than with more invasive surgery, and the risks for complications are also generally lower, since there are no large incisions or sutures.
If you have weight-related health issues like diabetes, losing weight can dramatically improve your health and quality of life.
Cons of Lap-Band surgery
Even minimally invasive procedures involve some risk of side effects. You should understand the risks and manage your expectations before undergoing Lap-Band surgery or other bariatric procedures.
Weight loss can be gradual and unpredictable with a Lap-Band, so it may take some time to see results. Once in place, your Lap-Band will need adjustments for ongoing results.
Even with Lap-Band surgery, you must commit to eating a healthy diet and getting adequate exercise in order to see results. Lap-Band surgery isn’t a substitute for diet and exercise.
Some of the potential complications include problems with the port, damage to the band, or slippage.
How to decide if Lap-Band surgery is right for you
Lap-Band surgery is generally available for adults over the age of 18 with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, and people with a BMI of at least 30 and obesity- and weight-related health problems like Type 2 diabetes.
If you have certain medical conditions or have had abdominal surgery in the past, Lap-Band may not be right for you.
At your consultation, our weight loss specialists conduct a comprehensive evaluation and medical history, and recommend the best weight loss treatment for you based on your goals and circumstances.
For more information about the benefits and potential side effects of Lap-Band surgery and to determine if it’s a good option for you, contact us at Peachtree Surgical and Bariatrics to schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss specialists at our office in Atlanta, Georgia.