Lisa is losing it…

Lisa has been working on her health. Along with her health improvements she has lost over 60 lbs with her Lap band System tool. She is feeling great. She opted for gastric banding because she wanted safety and the option of a reversible procedure “if she changed her mind”. Lisa had found her self struggling…… Continue reading Lisa is losing it…

How does the Lap Band work?

HOW IT WORKS Safe and Effective Gastric Band Technology The LAP-BAND® is an adjustable gastric banding system that has been designed and engineered to help with safe and effective weight loss. Since 1996, over 800,000 people worldwide have chosen the LAP-BAND® System, with hundreds of thousands achieving lasting, healthy weight loss.7 Improved Portion Control A…… Continue reading How does the Lap Band work?

Infertility and Weight Loss

If you are trying to become pregnant and you are more than 40 pounds over weight, it is time to focus on your health. OBESITY can affect fertility of both men and women. If you would do anything and everything to have a baby, work with a specialist to address you weight. Women who have…… Continue reading Infertility and Weight Loss

Brandi- Transformation #wls

The best thing about the Lap Band System with Dr. Keith Mcewen and his bariatric weight loss program is the support. Brandi began her journey in 2015 and each year, she has progressed in her health and wellness. She has routine follow up to help her reach her health goals. Her hard work combined with…… Continue reading Brandi- Transformation #wls

Pumpkin Chili

 Ingredients   · 1 Tbsp. olive or canola oil · 2 cups chopped onion · 1 medium green bell pepper, diced · 6 cloves garlic, minced · 1 ½ pounds grass-fed ground beef or turkey · 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes · ½ 6-oz. can tomato paste · 1 14-oz. can pumpkin puree · ½ – 1 cup chicken broth or water · 2 ½ tsp. dried oregano · 2…… Continue reading Pumpkin Chili

Protein Power

Protein is essential to help you stay full and satisfied during the day. Most Americans get plenty of protein in their diet but it is not always from the right sources. Lean protein has less fat per serving and is generally less processed than more fatty version. Examples of lean protein options include: Chicken breast…… Continue reading Protein Power

Gastric Band VS. Gastric Sleeve.

How different are they? Are they the same thing? Which one will work better?

These are the questions we often get from patients looking into weight loss surgery. The simple and quickest way to answer: Both of these procedures are similar in concept, to provide patient with a smaller stomach pouch to cut down food portion intake and lose weight. However, each procedure different in a number of ways:

1. Procedure

The gastric sleeve laparoscopic procedure removes up to 80% of your stomach to create a narrow tube like pouch. Your surgeon staples the pouch and permanently removes the other portion of your stomach. Average surgery time is about 1-2 hours. Your anatomy is permanently changed. 

The LAP-BAND outpatient laparoscopic procedure places a removable and adjustable silicon band around the top of your stomach, creating a small pouch, connected to a small and discrete port above your abdominal muscle. Adding or removing saline, through the port, will adjust the grip of your band to better fit your weight loss plan. Average surgery time is about 1 hour.  Your anatomy is not permanently changed.

2. Recovery

The gastric sleeve procedure is a permanent weight loss surgery.  Revisions are possible as well as conversions if the patient begins to re-gain weight. Recommended time off work is about 2-3 weeks, depending on type of work, and  recovery ranges from 3-5 weeks.

The LAP-BAND is a fully reversible procedure.  A patient can have another procedure but a patient can have the lap band system removed with no changes to the anatomy. Time off work can be less than a week, depending on type of work, and recovery ranges from 1-2 weeks.

For personalized information on LAP-BAND surgery click here and ORBERA click here. 

3. Diet

The diet for both LAP-BAND and gastric sleeve asks for a calorie intake of 1100-1800 calories per day depending on your starting weight and your dietitian’s recommendations for your weight loss plan.. Your surgeon and dietitian should work with you on determining a weight goal that is achievable based on actual results of weight loss surgery, your age, your ability to make changes, your level of activity and your lifestyle. A weight loss procedure will not make your weight magically disappear.  Once you have reached your goal weight, the calorie count is stabilized based on your surgeon and dietitian’s recommendations.  You want to avoid high fat and high calorie foods, carbonated drinks, processed foods, foods that are difficult to digest and sugary food and drinks. Most weight loss specialist recommend reduced  starchy food, these are items like bread, past, rice, chips, etc. You will be encouraged to drink a lot of water or low calorie liquids. Your dietitian will encourage good sources of protein,  in solid form, not just shakes. Think to “over chew” each bite, post bariatric surgery your meal portions and bite size must be smaller than before. A well-chewed bite will assure no discomfort or possible complications.

4. Supplements

Both treatment often require the same vitamin/supplement intake. One or two daily multivitamin and a daily calcium supplement. Gastric Sleeve patients are recommended to take vitamin B12 because of the alterations to your digestive track.

5. Cons

The gastric sleeve is a permanent amputation of up to 80% of your stomach, so complications are  higher potentially and the procedure is  irreversible. Other surgical risks include possible blood clots, bleeding and infections. Possible leakage at suture/staple edge.  Gastric sleeve is not reversible and if weight  regain occurs, it requires additional surgery or another procedure such as a gastric bypass. 

The Lap-band procedure requires monthly follow-ups for a full year post surgery to assure positive weight loss progress or possible adjustments.   The complication rate is low and the actual complications are less severe.   Consistent work with your dietitian and weight loss team is required to assure new healthy eating habits are in place and old habits are avoided.

It’s important to know and understand that either weight loss surgery  a tool to help you lose weight. A healthy relationship with food  and a strong support system will  be necessary tools to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

With our LAP-BAND system, you will have a team of medical professionals that will aid you every step of your journey and accommodate your needs to increase your chances of reaching your goals.

Learn more about our LAP-BAND system by attending our FREE info seminar on September 13th, led by Doctor McEwen or give us a call at 317-621-2500 or email:

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