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Having questions is expected when you're considering the Lap Band procedure, and you can find some answers here. But remember: the best possible resource for answers to your questions about obesity surgery and Lap Band is your surgeon. It's important that you ask, and it's essential that you follow his or her advice.

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As with any surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications associated with the Lap Band procedure. Talk to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for Lap Band.

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2 Dixon J., Dixon A., O'Brien P. Light to moderate alcohol consumption: Obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Am J Bariatric Medicine. 2002;17(4):11-14.