“I needed to change, and I was the only person who could do that.”

“My struggle with weight came on after I had children. I think it was the combination of taking care of my kids and the change in priorities. My overall weight gain happened gradually over time until I got to a point where I just wasn’t happy with myself anymore. Every day activities were difficult due to my weight, such as lugging in a load of groceries or climbing a flight of stairs. Even activities with the kids, I would become winded and didn’t have the energy. Everything was an issue.

I was afraid of the stigmatism and the judgment that comes with having surgery because people see it as the easy way out. I now know for sure that it is not. For me it was more of a private decision. I decided that I needed to change and I was the only person who could do that. Now, I’m able to get out there and live life like everybody else, rather than watching it from the sidelines. It almost feels like the whole world opens up because I feel part of if now, and that I fit in as opposed to being an outcast. Getting the LAP-BAND® has been an overall positive experience for me.

The biggest tip that I would give to someone with the LAP-BAND® is to follow the rules as time goes on. Once you’ve lost the weight, it is very easy to begin to let some of those bad habits come back, like allowing sugar back into your life, whereas you wouldn’t have done that early on in the process. It is most important to stick to the rules because the LAP-BAND® is a tool that can help you, but you still have to do the work to get where you want to be.”

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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