I was sitting the other day with another exasperated obese patient swearing to me up and down that she doesn’t eat that much but that she still can’t lose weight. The hopelessness weighed me down a bit I must admit. It just takes so much time, patience, and will power to succesfully lose weight. I completely understand why people turn to what they perceive as quicker and easier surgical solutions. It only takes a few billboard adds to be convinced that weight loss surgery is the way to go. Haven’t you seen the before and after pictures? It’s fast and amazing, right? Unfortunately it is not always fast and it is often far less than amazing. It is major surgery and there are many potential complications associated with gastric bypass and lap band surgery.Fortunately, there is a new option which may solve some of the problems associated with the risks and complications of the other weight loss procedures.
The dramatic surge in weight in this country has led to a parallel surge in the numbers of people who turn to surgery to solve their weight problem. These procedures are very serious undertakings that should be understood and certainly not taken lightly. The mechanisms by which they work speak volumes about the true mechanisms behind weight gain and the difficult road to weight loss. The next few posts are taken out of the Weight Loss Counter Revolution book (which can be purchased by clicking here). Continue reading “Weight Loss Surgery Explained: The Lap Band”