The Lap Band Surgery Center: 5 Tips on Reducing Weight After Lap Band Surgery

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On May 7, 2013, ABC News covered the aftereffects of Governor “Christie's Weight Loss Surgery: Less Invasive But Slower Weight Loss”. It's important to know what to expect and not to expect from a LAP-BAND® procedure, says Dr. Naim (head of the Lap Band Surgery Center), outlining five tips for potential patients.

The Weight is Over. Choose LapBand®

Many studies exist on lap band surgery, or gastric banding, says Dr. Naim of the Lap Band Surgery Center, but not all of them are interesting to normal people. He notes the popularity of real-life cases such as New Jersey Governor “Christie's Weight Loss Surgery: Less Invasive But Slower Weight Loss”, covered on May 17, 2013 by ABC News ( Not every patient is warned about the after-effects, or possible side effects, so Dr. Naim outlines five important tips on lap band surgery.

    1.    First, says ABC News, lap band surgery is not as invasive as other weight loss surgeries. This doesn't mean, explains Lap Band Surgery Center's Dr. Naim, that it's not a surgery, just that the band wrapped around the top of the stomach can be inserted after three or four incisions are made.
    2.    Second, just in case patients don't know this, lap band surgery is not as common as other methods. ABC News mentioned gastric bypass as one popular option (at around 100,000 surgeries per year), and the gastric sleeve operation is also becoming popular with doctors. These bariatric surgery can still be done laparoscopically, but parts of either the stomach or the intestines have to be either removed, or re-routed, or both.
    3.    Third, ABC News pointed out that the gastric sleeve operation gets rid of about 80% of the stomach, which is why really fast weight loss can be achieved, but can also cause trouble. Both gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries include stapling, which can lead to bleeding or leakage issues.
    4.    Fourth, one of the reasons why lap band surgery is still popular with patients is because it's not permanent. That doesn't mean it has no complications, because ABC News said that the gastric band is subject to erosion issues (from stomach acid) or slipping out of place, about 5% of the time.
    5.    Fifth, two of the biggest reasons why lap band surgery may lag behind in popularity could be attributed to long-term issues, mentioned by ABC News: slow weight loss and follow-ups. A lap band surgery patient can expect to lose between one or two pounds per week, and it's necessary to meet with the surgeon to have the band adjusted.

The Lap Band Surgery Center recommends that patients, who seek surgery, be able to show a history of trying other weight loss methods. Just having the band installed won't necessarily keep off the weight without exercise and good eating habits, indicated ABC News, and Dr. Naim agrees.

As head of the Southern California Lap Band Surgery Center, Dr. H. Joseph Naim has specialized in many laparoscopic weight loss surgeries: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and LAP-BAND®. Dr. Naim is certified for General Surgery, holds a current California medical license, and received his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Naim is still a member of three Bariatric Center of Excellence hospitals (the Chapman Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center of Long Beach, and the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.). For more information on gastric banding, lap band cost or Dr. Naim, call the Lap Band Surgery Center at 1-800-472-4900, or go to to schedule a free consultation.

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