Mumbai, India (PressExposure) January 08, 2010 -- Obesity- the medical terminology used for the layman term âfatnessâ,is a dire health dilemma and is a condition directly harmful to one's health. Obesity is associated with many diseases, particularly heart disease, diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. It is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it has an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, more commonly called Lap Band Surgery is an ideal option for weight reduction. The goal of the surgery is to help severely overweight people achieve long-term weight loss by limiting the food intake and achieving a feeling of early satiety.
One is considered an ideal candidate for the Lap-Band Surgery if the individual: â¢ weighs twice the ideal weight or are at least 100 pounds overweight â¢ is between the ages of 18 and 60 â¢ has been overweight for 5 years or more â¢ has been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise â¢ does not have an illness that has caused him to be overweight â¢ does not drink too much alcohol â¢ is committed to making changes in your diet and lifestyle â¢ has a BMI more than 40 or more than 35 with obesity related health conditions
The LAP-BAND procedure involves placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach which creates a smaller pouch at the top of the stomach and leaves the larger portion of the stomach below the band. The band is a hollow ring filled with saline that can be adjusted with more or less saline to create a smaller or larger opening. With Lap Band Surgery, there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach and there is no intestinal rerouting.
Lap-Band Surgery is the most promising new weight loss procedure with many advantages over other obesity surgical options. Since its approval by the FDA in 2001 it has become the fastest growing bariatric (weight loss) procedure in the United States.
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