Losing Weight Over 40 - Years and Pounds 

Adjustable Lap Band Surgery

Adjustable lap band surgery is the most popular bariatric surgery in the United States. 

What makes lap band stomach surgery so popular?  And what are some things you should consider before deciding to have bariatric lap band surgery?

Adjustable Lap Band Surgery -- What is It?

Think of your stomach as a balloon.  When you eat, it swells up -- just like if you put air into a balloon.  Then when the food is out of your stomach, it deflates back to normal size -- like when you let air out of the balloon.

In lap band stomach surgery, a ring is placed around the upper part of your stomach, and that ring can inflate, causing the stomach to have a medium or little pouch. 

This pouch can only take a fraction of the food that your whole stomach can, so you eat less and still feel full.  SInce you eat less, you take in fewer calories, and you lose weight.

With this bariatric lap band surgery, your stomach isn't cut or pieces removed.  Instead, the little ring that inflates controls the size of your stomach.

The "lap" in lap band comes from the fact that this surgery is usually one laproscopically -- with a small incision.  The band is the ring, and adjustable means that the band can be inflated or deflated by the surgeon. 

Lap Band Stomach Surgery

Lap band stomach surgery is less invasive than stomach stapling or gastric bypass.  But still, it is surgery and all surgery has risks.  Infection is one, and a bad reaction to the sedative or anesthesia is another.  Death, of course, is the worst outcome although the chances are very small.

Most adjustable lap band surgery is done by lapraoscopy -- a very small incision.  However, that's not always the case, if a client is too obese for laprascopic surgery to be successful.  In that case, traditional surgery must be done.

Many times, the lap band has to be adjusted after the surgery.  This is done by injecting or withdrawing a saline solution from the inflatable band, to make the pouch slightly smaller or larger.

The lap band stomach surgery takes about 30 minutes to perform.

Bariatric Lap Band Surgery -- Is it for You?

Bariatric lap band surgery isn't for everyone, even if you otherwise qualify.  Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Being between 18 and 65 years of age.

  • Documented as trying, and failing at losing weight many times.

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more.

The most important qualification can't be truly measured ahead of time -- it is yoru motivation to eat correctly after your surgery, for the rest of your life.

Adjustable lap band surgery isn't foolproof -- people can and do find ways to cheat, piling the weight back on.  You're left with a big medical bill (even if insurance pays part of it) and nothing to show for it.

Is adjustable lap band surgery for you?  The secret of successful weight loss isn't just having bariatric surgery or pills or any other miracle cure.  It's inside you.

If you think you have what it takes to lose the weight and keep it off, maybe it's time for you to check your medical insurance, then go find a surgeon.

Celebrities Who Have Had Adjustable Lap Band Surgery

A partial list of famous people who have had (and admited to) adjustable lap band surgery include Brian Dennehy, Ann Wilson and Sharon Osbourne.

Lap Band Surgery

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Lap Band Surgery Insurance Question

Will your health insurance plan cover lap band surgery?

For the definitive answer, you'll have to read through your insurance policy.

Sometimes lap band surgery insurance plans will cover the surgery, because the health benefits outweigh (pun kind of intended) the cost of possible weight related issues, like blood pressure meds, heart surgery, diabetes or stroke.

Most lap band surgery insurance is only paid if the need is clearly documented by physicians (in other words, lots of paperwork and appeals).

So check with your health insurance plan.  And if you can't find and answer in the written benefits, call the company itself to find out if they will cover the cost of the surgery.

Lap Band Procedure Cost

What exactly is the lap band procedure cost?

If your health insurance covers the procedure, you will need to figure in the cost of your deductible (if you haven't reached it yet) and find out what your insurance plan pays, minus your benefits.

Is the surgeon hospital or clinic "in network" or "out of network" for your benefits?

Sometimes the lap band procedure cost will almost be free, because of benefit coverage.

Most of the time, expect to pay at least $500 to $1,000 dollars, depending on where you live, and what part of the surgery and surgeon fees your plan covers.



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