One of the most popular forms of weight loss surgeries is lap band surgery. It has been around in the European countries since the past ten years, and has become popular in the United States about three years back. Like all types of surgeries and procedures, there are some misunderstandings and misconceptions associated with lap band surgery.
People generally consider lap band surgery a great means of losing weight. However, instead of considering it to be a surgery to lose weight, it should be considered a commitment to make life better to the patient. It is the best option for people who have tried diets and exercise, but to no avail. Of course, it may first be difficult for the patient to make the life changes associated with this, but it is a safe means for an overweight person to lose weight successfully.
Some people think that lap band surgery prevents proper nutrition to the patient. However this is not true as vitamins and supplements are prescribed after the surgery to make up for any associated loss in nutrition. With the restriction of the stomach, it is necessary for the patient to make changes to receive the required vitamins and minerals.
Though it is possible to lose weight quickly with lap band surgery, it is also possible to gain weight back too. It is only if a lifelong commitment is adapted that it is possible to lose weight, and not regain it. If you maintain old eating habits by eating what you used to eat, then the amount of weight loss decreases.
Weight loss in lap band surgery is not magical; only about 2-3 pounds of excess weight is lost in a week on following the physician’s eating and exercise plan. It is not that you will be under a liquid diet forever after the surgery. This is only a part of the recovery process, where solid foods can be introduced after four weeks of surgery. However meals have to be smaller than before.