Laparoscopic Gastric Band

Laparoscopic gastric band procedures create the opportunity for obese people to lose weight in a more successful way than other weight loss techniques. Evaluate the need for weight loss as well as determining how realistic the process may be for the particular situation. Stomach band surgery is designed for morbidly obese people who have tried every other way to lose weight. Take time to research the most appropriate doctor and center that fits into the budget as well as fits the personality of the individual. Careful choice in a surgeon is possible due to the growing number of available facilities offering stomach band procedure. Coverage is available through most insurance companies, but check all the parameters before making an appointment with a potential doctor.

Media and the medical community offer many options for weight loss including, diet pills, counting calories, and starting extreme exercise programs. When non-surgical methods fail, seek a doctor that will help develop a weight loss program. With this procedure, patients are able to lose weight easier due to the smaller size of the stomach. Laparoscopic means the surgeon inserts a lighted camera at the abdomen in order to better see the operating area. In most cases the results are not reversible so the decision should be well determined before going through with any procedure. Making an appointment with a doctor will help answer questions about stomach band surgery, but remember there are a variety of doctors available as well as a variety of options and opinions they may have. Some of the differences may include recovery time in the hospital, preparation techniques, follow-up plans, and general procedure during surgery. When searching for the right doctor, keep these things in mind as well as the cost involved.

While most insurance companies view this procedure as a medical condition they may only cover the surgery itself. Three major areas play into the overall cost of laparoscopic gastric band surgery: operating room and staff, anesthetic, and surgeons fee. When speaking with the insurance company, ask what parameters need to be followed in order to get the most out of the insurance claim. A letter of recommendation from the general physician, blood tests, or even ultrasounds may be required before visiting the surgeon. Follow insurance steps carefully. If there are areas not covered by insurance, medical financing is available through private lenders and sometimes through the doctors office. Discuss options with each doctor in order to understand all costs. The cheapest doctor may not always be the cheapest option. Less experienced (and less expensive) doctors make more mistakes which can be more costly for return surgeries that may be needed. A person who has been operated on previously is harder (and more expensive) to operate on. In addition, a more experienced (and more expensive) doctor is better to hire to fix the mistakes. "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:15)

The actual procedure is very important, but follow-up is even more important. Remember that laparoscopic gastric band surgery is only a tool in overall weight loss. In addition to the surgeon, the center chosen needs to have a team of health professionals to help design a specific plan for long-term weight loss. A nutritionist will help develop menus for success and a trainer will help develop a fitness plan realistic and specific to each patient. Some changes might include walking everyday for 30 minutes to start and increasing to weight lifting and swimming. Certain foods will be added to a diet as well as being subtracted due to the balance and nutrition goals. The ultimate goal is to find a plan that is achievable so the patient does not fail. Before a potential patient makes the decision to explore stomach band surgery a real commitment needs to be made for a drastic life change. Evaluate any potential changes in the budget to ensure proper preparation for changes including saving for a period of time before starting the process toward a healthier life. Failure should be avoided in order to maintain motivation. Many health problems are associated with obesity including high blood pressure, back problems, and cancer. Whether someone has these problems, obesity will lead to them or even death. Proactive measures will lessen the probability of a person developing health problems and in some cases improves current health problems.

Other options for weight loss are available in many different forms. Lapband is a removable and adjustable stomach reduction procedure, which has the same qualities as stomach band surgery. Instead of sewing the stomach there is a band placed around the stomach, which makes it moveable and removable. The same complications apply as with the laparoscopic gastric band surgery. Liposuction is another option for a head start to optimal weight. By removing unwanted fat a patient can start a healthy lifestyle with the goal to maintain the new weight without disrupting the digestive area of the body. Liposuction, of course, doesn't change a persons hunger so a higher level of discipline may be needed in order to succeed. Allergy testing is not a widely known source of weight loss, but should be explored if nothing else is working. Some people cannot digest certain foods correctly leading to undigested food sitting in the body, which is dangerous and discouraging to weight loss goals. A simple change in diet may be needed for optimal success.

Gastric Lapband Surgery

Gastric lapband surgery can be the answer for many people who have been fighting obesity for years. For many people, the years of yo-yo dieting and slides back into weight gain again are enough to seek drastic medical help, and one of those options is a lap band operation. The surgical technique is not for everyone, and is not a sure fire cure for obesity. There are a number of things to consider before choosing to have this procedure done. It is costly, and many health insurance policies will not cover the operation. Thus, many people cannot afford it, and for those that can, there is both great relief and permanent weight loss, or after a dramatic weight loss, a slow regaining of the weight and a great deal of disappointment.

The person that is the best candidate for this operation will need to go through a number of steps before having it completed. First, if a person has become obese because of a compulsive eating disorder, the gastric lapband surgery that he or she will have will likely fail unless the reason for that over eating are unearthed through therapy. Many emotional issues can and do bring about food addiction to people and cognitive therapy is usually required to help the patient gain an understanding of why he or she overeats in the first place. Eating when a person is already full and not hungry, an eating addiction signal, will not stop just because a gastric lapband surgery is performed and its resultant smaller stomach says it is full. But if therapy is successful and the person has shown that the addiction is controlled, the patient will have blood tests, imaging studies, a gastroscopy and will meet with several different medical specialists.

This procedure requires no cutting or stapling of the stomach, and is based upon the idea of creating a new and much smaller pouch in the upper portion of the stomach. The band that fits around the stomach is placed there after a number of tiny incisions have been made in the abdomen. The new pouch that is created greatly reduces that capacity of the stomach, and gives the patient a feeling of fullness with just a small amount of food. It is done under general anesthesia and lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. The band has a balloon inside that allows the opening in the bottom of the pouch (stoma) to be made larger or smaller. Gastric lapband surgery is a less evasive alternative to gastric bypass surgery, where cutting of the stomach is involved.

Doctors from around the world perform this procedure daily. This is important because of the cost of gastric lapband surgery being less in a number of other countries than in the United States. Costs within the fifty states can run as much as thirty thousand dollars, while some foreign countries offer the procedure for less than ten thousand. Of course, travel expenses can raise the entire price of the effort, but may still be quite a bit lower than an American operation. We certainly need to lose weight for health purposes, but some have the mistaken idea that thinness will bring about ultimate happiness. Happiness is based on circumstances, but Jesus offers us an abundant life; life to the fullest, life that finds joy not from circumstances but because of a relationship. "...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

Not everyone who is overweight will qualify for the gastric lapband surgery that has become so popular. A body mass index (BMI) of over 35 is usually the starting point for those being considered as a candidate for the procedure. The higher the body mass index, the more likely that the health insurance carrier of the patient will approve the gastric lapband surgery. However many companies will require that the patient first go through a medically supervised weight-loss program before approving the more severe step of the lap band. After the procedure is complete, the patient will have regular follow up meetings with the surgeon. These follow ups with not only the surgeon but with weight loss specialists will also include participation in support group therapy.

The time after the gastric lapband surgery is not only filled with appointments and checkups, but also has a brand new strict diet that must be followed rigorously. For the first three months following surgery, no caffeine of any kind and no carbonated beverages are permitted. The menu for the first six weeks is a two ounce protein shake every hour for ten to twelve hours s a day along with two ounces of soup or sugar free gelatin. Following those weeks patients who have had lapband surgery are then allowed to begin eating food that has been through a food processor. The food includes meat, vegetables and salads. Bread, potatoes and starchy vegetables are not on the menu.

Patients will have to eschew fried foods, spicy foods, certain spices, meats that are tough and the skins of fruits and vegetables for the rest of their lives. Pills larger than an aspirin will have to be broken up and trips to have fast food and other routine eating habits will have to send. These new eating habits will also include learning to eat much slower, including chewing in slow motion. Patients over sixty five are often excluded from surgery consideration as well as cancer patients, women who plan on becoming pregnant within a year, and those with uncontrolled psychiatric illnesses. It is a life changing decision, so make it soberly and with much deliberation.

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