The lap gastric bypass, or LAP-BAND, procedure is a relatively new gastric bypass operation method involving the application of an adjustable gastric band. This band allows for the patient to have the degree of constriction adjusted based on their specific needs at the time.The advantages this has over traditional, fixed gastric bypass surgery, are simply the flexibility offered.
Make no mistake, though. Even an adjustable LAP BAND will still require major lifestyle changes. In any event, whether or not to undergo gastric bypass surgery is not a decision to be made lightly, or without serious forethought. Gastric bypass surgery is not a quick fix to moderate weight problems, it is a last resort for serious, life and health threatening weight problems.
The most major of changes will, of course, be your diet. This is true no matter what variety of gastric bypass surgery you undergo. You will need to stick to a liquid diet for days after your surgery, during the initial recovery, before switching to a puree diet, and finally, soft foods, before moving on to a normal, though healthy, and strict, diet again.
This healthy diet will need to be coupled with a dedication to fitness and exercise. Gastric bypass surgery can be of immense help in staying fit and healthy, in tackling life threatening problems with obesity, and prolonging your life and improving your quality of life, but there is no such thing as a magical, one time-fixes-all quick-remedy to weight problems. Any solution to weight gain must be coupled with a healthy lifestyle. That said, the versatility of the LAP BAND can go a long way towards helping you reach your fitness goals.
Interestingly, lab bands have been shown to help not only in losing weight and staying healthy, but in fighting depression. A recent study monitored two groups of 600 overweight lap band patients over a period of five years. Both groups had 29% depressive patients, and after six months, both groups reported feeling considerably less depressed than they had before. More…