With the barrage of weight-loss programs, unique equipment, and obscure methods, it is easy to get mixed up in what is effective and more importantly, what is healthy as a weight-loss option. As someone who has trouble controlling their weight, many of these mainstream options are simply not practical or even possible depending on your health conditions. Fortunately, bariatric medicine offers a range of treatments that vary from lap-band surgery to a supplemental bariatric diet that helps to promote further weight-loss and control for patients who are need of special care. Below are some added details on this effective weight-loss option.
Lap-Band surgery also referred to as a gastric bypass or gastric banding is a major surgical operation that alters the size of the stomach. Entering through the abdomen laparoscopically, the bariatric surgeon places a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach, drastically reducing its size. What this procedure does is greatly limit the amount of food-intake a patient can experience post-surgery. As a result, patients experience high levels of consistent weight-loss.
As a prospective patient of the lap-band procedure, here are some details to consider as you make your decision:
- Patients eligible for the lap-band procedure generally have a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 40.
- The lap-band procedure, while not completely without risks, is broadly considered a low-risk surgery.
- Typically, the lap-band procedure takes approximately one hour from start to finish.
- Expected weight-loss associated with post-surgical patients consists of on average, 1 – 2 pounds per week.
Post Surgical Bariatric Diet
A post-surgical bariatric diet varies slightly but is similar in most aspects. This step in your transformation is more important than the surgical procedure itself. As it not only ensures you obtain the results you expect with a bariatric procedure but also promotes the overall lifestyle change you will need for long-term success with weight control. A post-surgical diet consists of a number of phases that assist in creating a smooth transition from the procedure itself, as well as gauge how your new stomach handles the foods you are reintroducing.
- Phase I – Liquid only phase; begins two days following surgery.
- Phase II – Pureed food; you will follow this diet for up to 4 weeks following phase II.
- Phase III – Soft foods are reintroduced during this phase; lasts up to 8 weeks.
- Phase IV – Foods of any texture; no restrictions.
Let’s face it, extra weight is not only uncomfortable, but it can also lead to adverse long-term health effects. If you are having trouble controlling your weight or breaking bad habits – you have options. A bariatric surgical procedure such as lap-band and a strict supplemental diet could be your best bet in getting your life back on track and regaining your health.