Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 15, 2013
Lap band surgery does get in the news, but conclusions aren’t always so positive as those found in the June 6, 2013 MedPageToday article, Mildly Obese Can Benefit From Gastric Band (medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Obesity/39672). Apparently, those with a BMI between 30 to 35 were able to significantly reduce health risks and also lose an impressive amount of weight. However, Lap Band Surgery’s Dr. Joseph Naim warns patients that lap band surgery can’t heal everything, and that the surgery aspect takes some thought and risk assessment.
Some of the MedPageToday information is found in many studies, such as the fact that weight loss tends to also reduce diabetes, heart and lung problems, and even depression. One of the more impressive points made by the research team was that first-year weight loss ranged between 50 to over 78 pounds. Other positive points included reductions of co-morbidities, or significant threats to a patient’s life span, by up to and beyond 90%, a year after lap band surgery. The study was a review of six separate studies, and over 75% of the study participants were female.
It’s worth pointing out, mentioned Lap Band Surgery Center’s Dr. Naim, that most of the studies mentioned on MedPageToday didn’t cover follow-up information on lap band patients beyond a few years. One study did show an increasing average weight loss of over 65 pounds by year four, and over 71 pounds of weight loss by year five, but the other five studies didn’t have follow-up information after year three. Most patients tend to keep on the lap band far beyond three years post-surgery.
Of course, there were some complications – even an outpatient surgery such as lap band is still a surgery. Out of 515 patients in the six studies mentioned by MedPageToday, one person had a wound infection, 20 people had issues with the gastric band slipping off or out of place, and two had to get the lap band removed because it had eroded. Seven patients were discovered to have solution leaks from the lap band ports. A sepsis infection resulted in one death, almost two years after surgery, because the stomach pouch had been perforated. This study concluded that lap band surgery was relatively safe, because less than 35 people out of 515 (or less than 6%) had significant difficulties.
This would be a reason for physicians to detail the possible complications, risks, and hurdles to overcome in engaging in lap band surgery. If patients aren’t warned about what to expect and how to prepare for the installation of a lap band such as the need for follow-up meetings and band adjustments as weight comes off it may be a shock that bands don’t just take care of themselves. Also, notes Dr. Naim, it’s preferable for patients to have tried other means of weight loss before making a move toward gastric banding, because it’s a surgical commitment and lifestyle change.
Since 2004, Dr. H. Joseph Naim, head of the Lap Band Surgery Center of Southern California, has specialized in laparoscopic weight loss surgeries, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and LAP-BAND