Do you need to lose 50 pounds or more? If so, you could be a candidate for the LAP-BAND®.
The LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric band is a surgical method of weight loss designed to achieve gradual results. Surgical placement of a LAP-BAND® is intended to safely promote weight loss and improve the patient’s quality of life, while preventing/resolving disorders related to obesity.
The LAP-BAND® Procedure
Dr. Frenzel has completed extensive special training on the LAP-BAND®. For safer, less invasive surgery, the procedure is performed laparoscopically, with a fiber optic instrument that allows Dr. Frenzel to view the abdominal cavity. The LAP-BAND® is placed on the upper portion of the stomach, limiting food intake and causing a feeling of fullness, or satisfaction, sooner. Adjusting the band, to ensure continued effectiveness, requires delivery of saline through a low-profile port on the patient’s side. Dr. Frenzel usually performs the first adjustment four weeks after the surgery.
The LAP-BAND® does not include staples, which allows your body to absorb nutrients from food. A small incision is made near the belly button, where a video monitor is inserted to scope out the abdomen. Small incisions are made in the abdomen so Dr. Frenzel can insert the gastric band. Because it is adjustable, the LAP-BAND® allows Dr. Frenzel to adjust your band fit over time.
Results After LAP-BAND® Surgery
After placement of the LAP-BAND®, moderate eating habits become easier and weight decreases gradually. Lower body weight is thought to reduce the threat of serious obesity-related diseases and disorders, such as the following:
- Type II diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- Heart Disease
- Sleep Apnea
Weight loss typically occurs during the first two years, but may occur gradually beyond that period. Changes in diet and exercise habits are always recommended to achieve the best possible improvement in patient health. Success with the LAP-BAND® is measured not only by the amount of weight lost but also on quality-of-life improvements experienced after surgery.
Is LAP-BAND® Surgery Right for You?
The decision to use the LAP-BAND® signifies a big change in your life and overall health, but it should not be made hastily. You should make an effort to understand the risks involved and make an informed choice. To learn more about the LAP-BAND® procedure, contact the bariatric surgery office of Dr. Frenzel to schedule a consultation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. If you are looking for effective surgical weight loss methods, the LAP-BAND® is the perfect solution. Talk to Dr. Frenzel today to find out more about the benefits and risks of the LAP-BAND®.