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Corona Lap-Band Center

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Experience real change with Lap-Band Surgery.

For obese individuals, losing weight could allow for a healthier lifestyle. However, it can be easy to lose hope if the person has already attempted to lose weight through traditional diet and exercise.

Having a Lap-Band surgery at our Corona Lap-Band center can not only help the person lose weight quickly, but it can also bring back a person’s enthusiasm for living a healthier lifestyle.

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What is a Lap-Band Procedure?

Lap-Band surgery is a procedure where a surgeon creates incisions in the abdomen in order to place a small band around the top area of the stomach. The band is made of soft silicone. It is connected to a small port that is placed just underneath the skin on the abdomen. The band can be loosened or tightened by adding or draining saline through the port.

The band restricts the size of the stomach. Not only does this prevent the amount of food that it can hold, but it also makes the person feel full more quickly. It slows down how fast the food reaches the intestines, keeping the person fuller for a longer period of time. This is because the satiety and fullness signal the stomach sends to the brain is located in the portion of the stomach.

What to Expect when First Visiting a Corona Lap-Band center

When a patient is preparing to visit a Corona Lap-Band center, it is always helpful for the surgeon and person’s weight loss team if they come prepared. During the first consult, patients should expect to answer questions about their history, whether obesity or diabetes runs in the family and past efforts that were made to manage weight. It is also during the first consult when it will be determined if the person is potentially a good candidate for the Lap-Band. They will also receive information that they should look over before their next consultation.

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What to Expect when First Visiting a Corona Lap-Band center

When a patient is preparing to visit a Corona Lap-Band center, it is always helpful for the surgeon and person’s weight loss team if they come prepared. During the first consult, patients should expect to answer questions about their history, whether obesity or diabetes runs in the family and past efforts that were made to manage weight. It is also during the first consult when it will be determined if the person is potentially a good candidate for the Lap-Band. They will also receive information that they should look over before their next consultation.

Between the First Consult and Lap-Band Surgery

Over the next few consultations, the person may expect to take an evaluation and meet with a nutritionist to discuss a post-op diet. Because a significant lifestyle change will be needed to increase the chance of success, it is likely that the person’s weight loss team will start them on a diet and exercise plan prior to the procedure. Medical tests may also be run to reduce the risk of complications.

Who is Eligible for a Lap-Band Procedure?

Not all overweight individuals are eligible for Lap-Band surgery. For example, patients must have a BMI of 40 or more to be eligible or have a BMI of over 30 with obesity-related health problems. This often means weight at least twice the patient’s ideal weight. Patients must be between the ages of 18 and 60 years. The Lap-Band procedure will only be considered for those who have been overweight for at least five years and have had no success with losing weight through traditional dieting and exercise.

Further, a person may not be considered a candidate for Lap-Band surgery if they have an illness or disorder that causes them to be overweight. They also must be willing to follow their doctor’s orders, be monitored constantly by their weight loss team and commit to lifestyle and diet changes. Patients may not be considered candidates if they drink excessive amounts of alcohol or use illegal substances.

Tips for Successful Weight Loss of a Lap-Band Procedure

Once the surgery has been completed, it is important for Lap-Band patients to embrace their new healthy lifestyle. In addition to eating smaller portions and healthier foods, it also means only eating when the person is hungry and stopping as soon as they feel satisfied. If they continue to eat too much or do not stick to healthier foods, they may not see the weight loss results that they want.

Other tips include to eat slowly and chew food thoroughly. This gives the stomach a chance to send satiety signals when it is full. This can prevent the person from feeling uncomfortably full and will give their weight loss a jump start. Additionally, those with a Lap-Band should avoid eating between meals.

Finally, Lap-Band patients should stay on top of their aftercare. This means tracking their weight loss, following their diet plans and meeting with their weight loss team at our Corona Lap-Band center to ensure that they are still on track with their weight loss goals. In fact, there is evidence that shows that patients who visit with their Lap-Band specialists seven or more times a year saw greater weight loss than those who did not.