Dr. Joseph Naim Offers 6 Tips on Preparing for a Successful Lap Band Surgery

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Not all patients have a good experience with lap band surgery, as shown in a 2011 ABC News report, “Study Adds Weight to Lap Band Risks.” Dr. Joseph Naim says that some patients may not be receiving a full picture of how to prepare for the insertion of the LAP-BAND® system, and offers 6 tips to patients who have decided to engage in weight loss surgery.

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Lap band surgery has not always been considered a good weight loss option. On March 21, 2011, ABC News reported on a study that showed some damaging statistics about lap band surgery (“Study Adds Weight To Lap Band Risks”). This small 12-year study of less than 100 patients, from one facility, showed that 50% had the lap band removed after insertion, and that more than half had to engage in a second operation. Although this is certainly not the experience for everyone, bariatric surgeon Dr. Joseph Naim says that patients might have had a better LAP-BAND® experience if they had been better prepared. (He also notes that, in the same study, 60% of the patients said “they were pleased or very pleased”, and that the average weight loss was over 40% of the original weight.) Dr. Joseph Naim offers six preparation tips below to patients considering lap band surgery.

First, says Dr. Joseph Naim, patients shouldn't be surprised if physicians ask for a commitment to lose weight before the surgery. On the Obesity Action website (“Preparing for Lap Band Surgery: Nutritional Information To Know”), the post points out that some surgeons require either a 10% weight reduction before surgery, or no weight gain during the screening process. Diet recommendations could range from an all-liquid diet to a simple low-calorie, low-carbohydrate diet. This request accomplishes two things: setting post-surgical diet trends, and management of expectations. If patients go into surgery with a newly formed habit of diet control, it can be easier to continue the trend after lap band surgery.

Second, according to Obesity Action, patients should not be surprised if the doctor seems concerned about how to reduce the size of the liver. The liver is positioned right near the stomach. If the liver is enlarged, this can make it more difficult for the surgeon to place the lap band properly. Preventing band slippage is a high priority, since it can impair weight loss and cause a great deal of discomfort to the patient. Band slippage sometimes requires a follow-up surgery.

Third, the physician will want to talk about foods that help and foods that harm. Although taking items such as bread and pasta out of a daily diet can lead to headaches and feelings of tiredness, it's a small price to pay for weight loss that can lead to increased energy. Breaded and fried foods may be completely off the menu for a while, as well as sugary drinks and dessert items. Foods that help will include lean meats, such as turkey and fish, and a higher content of fruits and vegetables. Increasing the water intake, says Dr. Joseph Naim, can help alleviate hunger pangs.

Fourth, a few more minor lifestyle additions and subtractions will need to be reviewed. Since less food will be going through the stomach, it's often necessary for patients to begin taking at least one multivitamin, and possibly adding on a calcium and mineral supplement as well. Alcohol should be reduced, if not eliminated, because this can take up valuable stomach space needed for hydration from plain water. Also, medical experts often request that the patient begin at least 10 minutes of exercise per day, before the surgery.

Fifth, patients will be encouraged to eat as though they have already had the lap band installed, since this will be a significant part of their lives after surgery. Since the lap band restricts the processing of food, it's necessary to chew bite-sized pieces quite slowly, to prevent nausea and regurgitation. Also, many doctors recommend a 20-30 minute delay for drinking more than a few sips of water, before and after meals. Steak, pasta, rice, and raw vegetables with high fiber content can cause internal issues, so it pays to be especially careful with these items.

Sixth, diet and exercise together will be encouraged in planning sessions before and after lap band surgery. On April 22, 2013, Time Health & Family ran an article titled “Timing Matters To Make Diet and Exercise Changes Last.” Stanford researchers had split up a group of 200 participants, to show whether a focus on diet first or exercise first might work better for weight loss. Instead, the researchers found that a focus on changing both diet and exercise, at the same time, was best. Those who only worked on nutrition “were unable to meet the recommended levels of fitness after a year.”

Having performed over 2,000 bariatric procedures, Dr. Joseph Naim may well be considered an expert in the field of weight loss surgery. He was the first in Memphis to conduct a laparoscopic gastric bypass, and the first to offer an incision-less treatment for post-operative weight gain. Dr. Joseph Naim graduated from Lehigh University, obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and was appointed by the University of Miami as Chief of the Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Division. In 2007, he was given the SAGES Young Investigator Award, among others. Dr. Joseph Naim consistently gets high reviews from his satisfied patients, culminating in the 2011 and 2012 Patients' Choice Award.

For more information on Dr. Joseph Naim or the LAP-BAND procedure, call 1-800-472-4900, or review more on Dr. Joseph Naim on http://www.thelapbandcenter.com/

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