An Answer to Your Most Burning Question About The Lap Band

If you’re thinking about having Lap Band surgery for weight loss, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. How does it work? How will it affect my life? How much does it cost?  These and many other questions are important to ask, and I encourage you to learn more. But for today’s purposes let’s get straight to the question that is foremost in everyone’s minds:

How much weight can I expect to lose with the Lap Band?

There are really two answers to that question. Let’s take a look.

ANSWER #1: Most people lose 50 to 60 percent of their excess weight with the Lap Band.

Some people lose a little more. Some people lose a little less. But, on average, most patients who have the Lap Band procedure lose half to almost two-thirds of their excess weight in the first 1 to 3 years.

So what does that translate into in terms of how many pounds you’ll lose?  That all depends on where you’re starting from. The heavier you are, the more pounds you will lose. For example, take someone who weighs 600 pounds with excess weight of 450 pounds. If they lose 50 percent of their excess weight, they’ll see 225 pounds go away. In contrast, consider another person who starts at 220 pounds with 65 pounds of excess weight. Fifty percent of their weight would be 33 pounds or more.

So the pounds lost will vary greatly per person, but the ultimate goal is the same: to lose a significant chunk of the extra weight you’re carrying around. We strive to work with each patient to reach a weight loss of two-thirds of their excess body weight. What that means for you will be based on your personal needs.

How much you’ll lose will also depend on how much you adapt to the guidelines for eating and exercise after you get the Lap Band. The good news is you’re not alone on this part. We have a whole aftercare staff whose job is to help you to adapt and maintain and healthier lifestyle. Plus, your Lap Band will be the best reminder of all, helping you to feel full after eating theright amount of food for weight loss.

You also might be wondering how fast you’ll lose the weight. The answer is that you should see a nice, steady weight loss over 18 months to 3 years. Honestly, this is not about speed, because rapid weight loss is not going to be a healthy weight loss. This is one of the great things about the Lap Band. Because it’s adjustable, we can keep modifying the restriction level you’re getting to make sure you’re achieving a successful rate of weight loss, all while also avoiding the rapid weight loss that you may not be able to maintain. Depending on your starting BMI, a good rate of weight loss will probably be anywhere from two to eight pounds per month.

All this said, there is another answer to the question of “how much weight will I lose.”

ANSWER #2: Don’t focus on the pounds. Focus on how you feel.

Don’t focus too much on exactly how many pounds you’re losing per month and comparing what you’re losing to others you meet, say, in your support group. You’re going to know if you’re making good progress toward your weight loss goal even if you never step on a scale. Because you’re going to feel better.

Losing weight is the main purpose for getting the Lap Band. But that’s really just a means to an even more important end: improving your health.

As you lose the weight, you’re going to start feeling better. You’re going to have more energy. You’ll be able to do things you couldn’t do before – from touching your toes and fitting into clothes you feel great in to playing on the floor with your kids and going for a brisk walk with a friend. For many Lap Band patients, losing weight even means improving or putting an end to troubling medical conditions from diabetes and high blood pressure to sleep apnea and acid reflux.

So, while I can’t tell you exactly how many pounds you personally will lose, I can tell you this. Thanks to weight loss with the Lap Band, you should be physically and mentally healthier. You’ll have a better quality of life. You’ll feel more confident. And, you can expect to live longer.

- by True Results Staff

Aftercare Manager at True Results

January 27, 2011


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