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What is a Resting Metabolic Rate Test?
Metabolism is the process of converting food (calories) into energy. The efficiency with which your body does this is referred to as your metabolic rate. Many factors affect a person’s metabolic rate: weight, age, body composition, hormone levels, and gender making it a highly unique number […]
You’ve done the research. You’ve learned about the pros and cons about the LAP-BAND surgery. You’ve compared weight loss procedures and which one works best for you. You’ve even talked to your insurance and understand coverage and requirements. Now, where do you get this done? Who does it in your area and are they good?
Online reputations and reviews can only tell you so much about your future bariatric surgeon, so asking the right questions during your initial consultation is very important. It’s important to understand the surgeon will be a constant part of your LAP-BAND journey, along with his team of health professionals. They will be the ones providing you with the support and necessary tools you need to stay on track both before surgery and after.
During your consultation, educate yourself beyond your internet searches. Let the surgeon tell you about the procedure, how it works, why it works, and their personal philosophy behind the LAP-BAND. If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification or a different way to explain what you’re not understanding. You’re interviewing the surgeon to perform a surgery on you, make sure you understand everything and feel comfortable. Here are some great questions we’ve been asked from successful LAP-BAND patients. […]
Will my LAP-BAND affect my marriage or other relationships? In a way, yes it will. First it starts with affecting you. You will change your personal relationship with food. You’ll look at eating differently and will modify habits that led you to an unhealthy weight or continued the cycle of unhealthy weight. During this personal change you might need support from those around you. You will need to be strong enough to say, “Sorry I prefer not to eat that… but I can eat this.” or “you know I love peanut butter m&m’s, but I am trying not to have them on a regular basis anymore, Can we avoid having them in the house?”
One of the biggest road blocks for those struggling with obesity, or anyone working on their weight, is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointment. Fear of health issues. Fear of being judged by others, society, and a loved one. Fear of admitting your weight is a bigger issue to you than you’ve ever let on. Fear of having no other option and being stuck in this body that doesn’t feel like yours anymore. Fear of bariatric surgery.
We understand that fear. We understand that breaking out of comfortable but unhealthy cycle of habits can be hard. We know overcoming your fears will take time and dedication as well as commitment. We also know it takes a strong support system, and we understand that fear pushes everything aside and alienates us from anything or anyone that’s trying to help.
Fear is a huge factor that keeps potential patients from taking the first step in tackling their weight issues. How can Dr. McEwen and his team help with fear? Where do these fears come from? Why do potential LAP-BAND patients have these fears? Below are a few steps to take in overcoming your fears: […]
It is important for us to clarify that lap band surgery will not cure your diabetes. Bariatric surgery does have the power to greatly improve your blood sugar levels and overall numbers. Improvements in blood sugar levels makes it possible for you to decrease your dependence on diabetes-related medications. While bariatric surgery is not an exclusive diabetes treatment there is a direct correlation with weight loss surgery and improvements in diabetes health issues.
LAP-BAND surgery can make a difference; patients could use less medication or none at all for TYPE 2 Diabetes or Insulin Resistance. Type I diabetes could see improvements with weight loss but Type I diabetics will always need therapy. […]
A LAP-BAND adjustment is an in-office procedure. Doctor McEwen uses a specialized needle to insert into your LAP-BAND port to inject sterile saline. The saline can fill the band’s inner pockets to tighten the band, or remove saline to loosen it.
Adding fluid to the band tightens the stoma (opening) into the lower stomach. The fluid makes the opening to your LAP-BAND pouch smaller, making it harder for food to pass through while helping you to feel full quicker. This added restriction means you need to pay closer attention to your food eat, speed at which you eat it, portion control and of course, what you are actually eating. […]