In part 2 of Bariatric LAP-BAND® myths, we’ll address the post-op and patient-driven myths that surround lap band surgery. Every case varies and different variables can affect patients in different ways so no 2 people have the exact same experience. The following myths are general concepts we’ve experienced in our practice. If you or anyone you know has more questions, consider attending our FREE info seminar or email Cheryl Conwell at email@example.com.
- The LAP-BAND® will do all the work to lose all the weight.
False, the LAP-BAND® a tool to help you successfully lose weight. Patients have to follow a pre-op and post-op diet, a regimen of monthly check-ups with Dr. McEwen and his team, and follow the 10 important rules in order to have success with the band. Having the lap band and not following the structured guidelines set by your surgeon can result in complications that may negatively affect the success of the procedure. Dr. McEwen strongly believes in the power of his team and at Community Surgery Center Hamilton we offer supervised weight loss and monthly support groups to educate and support our patients at each step on their journey. Post-surgery, each patient will meet with our dietitian regularly to provide meal prep ideas, meal plans, nutritional support, and much more.
- As long as I have a LAP-BAND®, I can only have a liquid diet.
False, the LAP-BAND® works by eating solid food. Food is pushed through the band by our peristaltic waves which creates satiety, the state of feeling full. A regular LAP-BAND® approved diet of solids is highly recommended over a regular liquid diet. Liquids slide through the band and provide no satiety; with that in mind, slider foods (or soft solids – like mash potatoes, ice cream, yogurt, etc.) are ok, in moderation just not every day.
- I can go back to eating whatever I want after surgery.
False. There are a number of foods that are not recommended after surgery. Dough or sticky foods (bread, tortillas, pasta, bagels, wraps, sticky rice, pizza crust, etc.) have a tendency to negatively affect the band and can sometimes create complications. Fried or beer battered foods can also obstruct the band so staying away from anything that is thickly breaded is highly suggested. Pre and post-surgery education is essential so our patients understand the importance of portion control, chewing, what to eat first, what not to eat, what to drink and how often, and have the opportunity to create a meal plan with our dietitian.
- The LAP-BAND® will fix all of my other weight-loss health related issues.
Any form of bariatric weight-loss surgery in not meant to ‘heal’ or ‘cure’ other health issues. However, the loss of weight can positively affect these health issues. Successful band patients generally see improvements in joint pain, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, sleep, energy, diabetes, and others. In addition to weight loss and health improvements, patients experience an improvement in their regular day-to-day lives and a confidence boost!
- I don’t have to check in with my doctor after my first annual checkup.
You actually are required to meet with your surgeon or nurse practitioner every 4-6 weeks for the first year. After that is is every 3 months year two and every 6 month after that. Patients also must meet with our dietitian, Lauren, 2 weeks post-surgery and schedule a series of follow-ups that generally fall on the same day as their apt with the MD or NP. Checking in regularly with your surgeon and team keeps you focused, increases motivation, and ensures your band is being taken care of. All of these combined helps you meet your scale and non-scale victories!
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