“Make the commitment and be sure you want to do it.”

“Generally, my health has always been good. The only issue I did have was high blood pressure. It was difficult getting in and out of the car. I tried to be active in my regular everyday work and life, by playing golf and coaching sports, but when I played golf, the weight made swinging the club difficult. As I coached my kids in baseball and would try to teach them to field a ground ball, I couldn’t even bend over to show them how. I tried all different kinds of diets to lose the weight and I would but once I stopped the diet, I would gain the weight back.

My regular doctor told me that I needed to do something to lose weight. Then my LAP-BAND® doctor invited me to a seminar that they have for those considering the LAP-BAND® surgery to learn about the process. They had speakers talk about their previous battles with weight gain and weight loss and how the surgery helped them. Two of my colleagues also had the surgery and they told me to do it and not to hesitate. They said that making the decision to go ahead with it was the hardest part. They were right, but I made the choice to do it.

One of the biggest changes to adapt to is my clothes not fitting, and since I’m still losing weight, I am just making my old clothes work. But one of the best things is that I feel different. When you take a 60lb backpack off of you, it’s much easier to get around. The congratulations and hearing that you look really good has been one of the greatest feelings.

For me the toughest part was making the decision to finally commit and say I’m going to do this. I would give anyone considering LAP-BAND® the same advice that my colleagues gave me, to make the commitment and be sure that you want to do it. Once you do, the rest is easier than the decision to have the surgery itself.”

Are you ready to transform your life with LAP-BAND too?

Speaking with a LAP-BAND specialist can help you resolve any questions or concerns you might have. If you are wondering if the LAP-BAND is right for you, find a local specialist today. Your weight loss journey is right around the corner.


Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

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