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The Lap-Band is a tool to help the patient loose weight and help maintain healthier eating habits. As with any tool
the Lap-Band has to be used correctly.
What the Lap-Band does:
- Restricts the rate at which food can be eaten.
- Causes the patient to chew more thoroughly.
- Gives most patients improved satiety between meals.
- Causes gradual weight loss over about 3 years.
- Relieves many weight related medical problems.
What the patient has to do:
- Choose healthy foods.
- Get reasonable amounts of exercise. 30 minutes 5 times a week is best.
- Get psychological help as needed.
- Avoid snacks.
- Avoid calorie containing liquids.
- Take personal responsibility for weight control by adjusting behavior and not simply relying on the band.
- Make a commitment to life-long follow up with her or his surgeon or personal physician so that the band function can be monitored and complications can be ruled out.
Weight Loss Expectations:
- Slow steady weight loss of 55% of excess over three years.
- One study reports 55% excess weight loss at eight years.