Monday, August 20, 2007

Lap Band Surgery

I've tried every diet known to man and still am overweight. I've seriously been considering lap-band surgery to help me in my weight loss journey.

Lap band, to me, seems like a much safer alternative compared to the gastric bypass surgery. With lap-band surgery, the surgeons "will use laparoscopic techniques. This means that he or she will be making tiny incisions (rather than a large incision) and inserting special long-shafted instruments through these tiny incisions in order to wrap the inflatable silicone band around the upper part of your stomach. A narrow camera is passed through one of the incisions so your surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor. Like a wristwatch, the LAP-BAND ® is fastened around the upper stomach to create the new stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. The band is then locked securely in a ring around the stomach.

This creates a small stomach pouch that can hold a smaller amount of food so food storage in the stomach is reduced. The gastric band also controls the size of the stomach outlet between the new upper pouch and the lower part of the stomach. When the outlet is smaller, you feel full faster, while the food moves more slowly between your upper and lower stomach as it is digested. This procedure will allow you to feel full and satisfied while you actually eat less and lose weight."

JourneyLite is a nationwide network of lap band surgical facilities and surgeons who specialize in the LAPBAND procedure. If you are located or will be traveling to Los Angeles LA, Houston Texas and Tampa Florida, they have facilities located there.

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