Why this procedure?
We know obesity can be tough not only for your body, but for your mind and spirit as well. By now, you’ve probably realized how harmful this condition is and must be tired of having a hard time lifting your own children, practicing sports you used to love, wearing that sexy dress you bought years ago or having people telling you about health problems regarding being overweight. Let’s end all that.
The gastric lap band procedure is designed to guarantee life changing results. With it, you’ll improve your physical health in ways you never thought possible, you won’t be prone to mortal diseases anymore and you’ll feel like a new person. With time, you’ll lose so much weight, you won’t even recognize yourself. You’ll feel younger, sexier, and more beautiful than ever before. Soon, you’ll realize nothing can stop you anymore, and you’ll go back to all the things you love with so much confidence, you’ll feel brand new.
What happens during a gastric lap band surgery?
During this procedure, our surgeons insert a silicone ring, best known as lap band, around the upper part of the stomach, dividing the organ and creating a small bag that will serve as the patient’s new stomach. Since it is smaller than its usual size, the amount of food that can be ingested is decreased by a considerable amount, so the patients feel completely satisfied with much less food than they used to, thus losing weight like never before.
The technique used by our surgeons is called the laparoscopic technique. It allows them to have full access to the area they are going to work on inside your stomach with very little invasion to your body. This technique is also known to guarantee a shorter and painless recovery.
As for the gastric lap band, it is not only approved by the FDA and 100% safe, but it is also adjustable and reversible.
- Adjustable and reversible
- Low risk surgery
- Weight loss of 50% to 60%
- Reduces the chance of obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, fertility problems and mental problems.
- Improvement of self-esteem and confidence.
- Surgical fees
- Hospitalization expenses
- Anesthesia and Anesthesiologist
- Preoperative Analysis: Laboratory tests and EKG- Cardiologist Evaluation- (the EKG is perform in patients that are 40 years old and older)
- Medical Care (Nurses)
- Three months of free consultations and follow up visits after surgery
The following are consider extra expenses:
- Special compressive garment (if applicable)
- Medication (antibiotics and analgesic treatment)
- Overnight stay in Clinic or Hotel (if applicable)
Men and women who:
- Are in good health.
- Are at least 18 years old.
- Have a history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts.
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40
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Since this procedure is quite radical, you may realize that the recovery process requires you to make some big changes as well, but don’t worry, our surgeons will be with you every step of the way, giving you the support and supervision you need to have a successful recovery.
First, you must be willing to make substantial changes in your lifestyle, especially regarding your eating habits and exercise routines. You may experience food intolerance to bread, dried fruit, hard meat, fiber, among others, but even though this may happen, it is very important for you to ingest the right amount of calories, proteins and vitamins to avoid feeling sick and weak.
You must be aware that discomfort or pain may appear during the first days after the surgery, but the medication prescribed by your doctor will help you control it. Also, if any suture, bandage or compression garment were applied, a) they’ll dissolve naturally, b) they’ll have to be removed by your cosmetic surgeon or c) you may remove them yourself when he says it’s time; it depends on the case.
Don’t forget to follow your doctor’s instructions and to attend every one of your appointments. We need to work as a team to achieve the ultimate results.
It is important to note that recovery specifications may vary depending on the procedure and the patient; your doctor will walk you through the details of your recovery process.
When can I go back to work and resume my normal activities?
You’ll be able to return to your normal activities 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery.
Does the lap band require specific maintenance?
Not exactly, but you may have to visit your doctor two or three times a year to adjust it. He will also inform you about the follow up visits, which will depend on your case.
Should I consider a specific time of the year to do my procedure?
Depending on the chosen procedure, some recoveries do better on winter, while others do better on the summer time. Ask your doctor for the option that better suits your case. You should also consider periods of time in which you’ll have time to relax, like the holidays, for example.
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