According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease, more than two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are considered to be overweight or obese.
Unfortunately, neglecting to maintain a healthy weight can increase your risk for multiple conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, osteoarthritis, stroke, and certain cancers.
While lack of exercise and poor nutrition are likely to blame for being overweight or obese, there is no underlying cause of either condition.
This can make it difficult for individuals to lose excess weight naturally, which may inspire them to consider weight loss surgery.
There is a safer, less invasive alternative method, however: LAP-BAND® treatment.
Let’s take a closer look at what exactly a LAP-BAND® adjustment is, how it works and how it can help those struggling with obesity live long, fulfilling lives:
What is a LAP-BAND® adjustment?
According to Obesity Coverage, a LAP-BAND®, or gastric band, is a ring of silicone. To work effectively, this FDA-approved device is placed through small incisions and situated around the upper portion of the stomach.
On the inside of the LAP-BAND®, there’s a balloon – or pillow – that’s attached to a tube that attaches to a port located under the skin.
“The band is secured around the top of the stomach.”
This device is secured around the top of the stomach to restrict the amount of food that can be eaten and therefore digested in one sitting, which can prove to be an effective treatment for weight loss and maintenance.
How does it work?
During the first month of having the LAP-BAND®, the device will be adjusted by your doctor to ensure it’s working as efficiently as it should.
What’s best is that it can be adjusted at any given moment, even months after you have the surgery, to ensure it’s working effectively and comfortably.
To make certain the band squeezes tightly around the stomach, it needs to be injected with saline, a task known as LAP-BAND® fill.
This occurs when the doctor inserts a 3-inch long needle into the port located under the skin and then injects the saline.
It makes its way from the needle, through the tube, into the balloon, which puts the added pressure near the top of your stomach.
Essentially, getting LAP-BAND® fills keeps the opening of your stomach smaller, which makes it more difficult to eat large portions of food.
The doctor will give patients fill recommendations based on how much they need to eat in order to obtain the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrient content from food.
During the fill appointments, the doctor will adjust the band based on your current eating habits, and will typically adjust it three to five times in the first year before finding the right fit.
Beginning stage questions about how hungry you are, snacking habits, portions sizes and types of food consumed will determine the doctor’s willingness to add or subtract saline from the LAP-BAND®.
If your band feels too tight, or you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, reach out to your specialist immediately:
- Vomiting on a regular basis.
- Coughing in the middle of the night.
- Pain when eating foods.
- Redness or irritation near the site of the port.
Taking care of these issues early can reduce your risk for severe problems.
LAP-BAND adjustments at Longevity Centres
At Longevity Centres, we can implant the LAP-BAND® device around the stomach and make adjustments accordingly.
Our trained professionals will ensure that the band is tight enough to do its job without causing any pain or discomfort.
Beyond LAP-BAND® services, there are a variety of different effective weight loss treatments you can try at the Longevity & Stem Centre of Houston.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of our weight-loss-based services, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We are thrilled to help you lose weight and better your overall health and well-being.