Research Highlights Effectiveness of Lap-Band Surgery

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Author: Janice Mills

The popularity of Lap-Band surgery in North America has been explosive since the procedure was first introduced in the mid-1990s. New research suggests that the number of Lap Band Success Stories is driving more and more people to consider Lap-Band as a weight loss solution.

More than 5 million Canadians are considered obese. Traditional and popular methods of weight loss have done little to curb this figure. In fact, the incidence of obesity has only increased. With the benefit of more than a decade of successful surgeries, doctors are now confident recommending Lap-Band surgery as an effective form of treatment for weight loss.

The procedure, which is minimally invasive, has helped thousands of people shed pounds they had been unable to lose using other approaches. The Lap-Band operation is performed by trained surgeons who insert a prosthet is, a Lap-Band, around the upper portion of the stomach reducing it in size. Patients feel satiated by a smaller quantity of food, allowing them to enjoy their favourite meals while still losing weight.

Patients are amazed at the immediate effect that the surgery can have on their weight loss. They marvel at the differences they see in their figures with Lap Band Before After. In a study that considered the weight loss achieved by patients three years after Lap-Band surgery, the majority of people had shed more than 45% of their excess body weight. On average, study subjects had shed 53% of their excess body weight. Other reports, which looked at patients over a similar period of time, revealed that the loss of excess body weight ranged from 50 to 65%.

These results are compelling, even when weighed against the risks of the surgery. For such dramatic results, the Lap-Band operation is minimally invasive and requires a limited amount of time spent in hospital. Most patients recover quickly. Lap-Band offers a safe alternative to stomach stapling and procedures that re-route the intestinal tract.

Doctors are encouraged by the recent findings, particularly in the face of the alarming increase in obesity within the Canadian population. In 2005, the measured rate of obesity for Canadian youth between 12 and 17 was 9.4%. Across the country, such data suggests that obesity among Canadians has increased year over year.

The author of this article is associated with the Surgical Weight Loss Centre, a facility specializing in weight loss alternatives such as Lap Band Operation. For more information visit:

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