Are you a bit overweight or obese and considering your options?
8 things to try before going for a
lap band or gastric by pass surgery
Consult with a bariatric or obesity medicine physician to see if a non-surgical or medical program might be appropriate for you.
A medical or non-surgical program might be appropriate if you might have a medical reason for weight gain such as insulin resistance, hormonal, nutritional, medication, sleep disorders, or other medical causes of weight gain that can be reversed under careful medical supervision with a medical weight loss physician such as a W8MD Medical Weight Loss Physician in your area!
- Try a non-surgical program for about 3-6 months first
- If you have identifiable medical causes for weight loss, work with a weight loss medical doctor to help reverse these
- If you have a sleep problem, try correcting these
- Also, consult with with a medical bariatrician, psychogolist or psychiatrist that can identify any eating disorders.
- If your BMI is under 40, you may need to try the medical weight loss program any way
- If you have elevated triglycerides, low good cholesterol, prediabetes, try the medical program under the careful monitorying of a bariatric or obesity medicine physician. If you cannot lose the weight after 3-6 months, and have a body mass index in the severe category, consider lap band, sleep or gastric bypass surgery.
- If you have contra-indications for gastric bypass such as cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, or other problems, you would have to do a medical program anyway.
- If you have never tried a medical program, given the lower risks and potential long term benefits, you should try a medical weight loss program, preferably one that works with you insurance such as W8MD, before you consider surgical options.
What is lab band surgery for weight loss?
Laparoscopic gastric banding is surgery to help with weight loss where a surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. The band limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.
What are the risk of Lap Band Surgery for weight loss?
Weight-loss surgery may increase your risk for gallstones, and can also cause other long term band related complications such as band erosions. While it might be appropriate for some, it is not a “quick fix” for obesity.
What are the risks associated with gastric banding surgery for weight loss:
- Gastric band erodes through the stomach
- Gastric band may slip partly out of place
- Gastritis (inflamed stomach lining), heartburn, or stomach ulcers
- Infection in the port, which may need antibiotics or surgery
- Injury to your stomach, intestines, or other organs during surgery
- Poor nutrition
- Scarring inside your belly, which could lead to a blockage in your bowel
- Your surgeon may not be able to reach the access port to tighten or loosen the band
- Vomiting from eating more than your stomach pouch can hold
How can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of Americas insurance medical weight loss program help?
Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain