If you’re considering weight loss surgery then you should consider Lap Band surgery. There are three common weight loss procedures; Lap Band surgery, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery. The technique and method of weight loss is different for every procedure. However, the goal is the same, to lose weight, reduce co-morbidities, and live a healthier life.
The amount of weight you can expect to lose should not be the only factor considered when choosing your surgery. But it is important.
It’s Important To Know How Much Weight You Can Expect To Lose
Losing weight from Lap Band surgery is more than a physical change. It’s an extremely emotional process. At first it might seem like the weight just falls off. The very next month you might think you’ve hit a wall and the weight loss has stopped. Hormones are affected while you are losing weight. This can have dramatic affects on your mood. You should be prepared to battle depression after surgery. You may be elated at your weight loss and never look back. But be prepared for the worst. Mood swings are common while your body is losing weight at a rapid rate.
Losing weight from Lap Band surgery is also a mental challenge. To be successful with Lap Band surgery you will need to change your diet and lifestyle. You will have to incorporate a regular exercise routine and have a support system to prevent you from cheating. Yes, you can cheat with the Lap Band. You’ll have to forget old habits and learn new healthy habits. And you’ll have to have the self-awareness and determination to make these changes permanent.
Knowing how much you can expect to weigh after Lap Band surgery will provide you with a goal. The amount you can expect to weigh after surgery should be the first of many goals. After you reach this goal, you should have a secondary weight goal. You should also have lifestyle goals. These include things like walking 5 miles a week, tracking your nutrition daily with a nutrition tracker and hitting your nutritional goals (i.e. calories and protein).
Rate Of Weight Loss From The Lap Band
Lap Band surgery has the slowest rate of weight loss when compared to other surgeries. There is not a malabsorptive element with the Lap Band as there is with gastric bypass surgery. You will continue to absorb all of the nutrients that you eat. The successful Lap Band patient will continue to lose weight well into year two and, with the proper lifestyle changes, weight loss can continue into year three. Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve patients see most of their weight loss in the first year.