Weight Loss Surgery Medical Considerations
Los Angeles, California
Considering minimally invasive LAP-BANDr weight loss surgery? Dr. Carson Liu™, a board-certified bariatric surgeon in Los Angeles, California, can help you decide if the LAP-BANDr procedure is right for you.
First, Dr. Liu will determine if you meet the minimum criteria:
- At least 100 pounds overweight
- At least 18 years old
- Obese for more than 5 years
- Failure to lose weight as part of a structured program over a minimum of six months
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more, or at least 35 with one or more obesity-related health conditions
Dr. Liu will also consider other health issues:
- Obesity-related medical issues or illnesses contributing to obesity
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Gastrointestinal disease, including inflammation, esophageal or stomach bleeding
- Heart, lung or liver disease
- LAP-BAND® device allergy or pain intolerance
- Infection or autoimmune disorders
- Long-term steroid treatment
- Current or future pregnancy
Finally, Dr. Liu will discuss your willingness to make permanent changes to diet, exercise, and lifestyle that ensure weight loss surgery success. Dr. Liu's Conscious Eating Bariatric Program can help you achieve your short- and long-term weight loss goals.
Surgeons have performed thousands of safe, effective laparoscopic procedures since the 1990s. Laparoscopic weight loss surgery uses several small abdominal incisions, called ports, through which long, slender instruments are inserted. A high resolution camera and thin tubular telescope allow Dr. Liu to view the inside of your abdomen on a TV monitor. Laparoscopic surgery eliminates the need for large incisions, meaning faster healing with less risk of complications.
The LAP-BAND® system is adjustable, offering customization of the band as you lose or gain weight. For example, the band can be tightened for patients who do not experience significant weight loss or expanded for a pregnant patient.
Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Liu may ask you to prepare for bariatric surgery. These strategies can help:
Following a high-protein, low calorie liquid diet for two weeks prior to surgery begins the weight loss process and shrinks `fatty liver', a condition common in obese patients that can make implanting the LAP-BANDr device more difficult.
Developing healthy habits before weight loss surgery is smart. When exercise becomes a habit, you are more likely to continue exercising after surgery for a more successful outcome.
Smokers heal more slowly and are at greater risk for gastrointestinal ulcers. Smoking can also be devastating to your health. You will soon embark on a new life after weight loss surgery. Isn't this a great time to quit smoking for good?
We must all eat to live. Understanding emotional triggers that cause you to overeat is vital to success after weight loss surgery. At Dr. Liu's weight loss support group, you can meet others who face the same struggles, and get the professional help you need to maintain your new, healthier lifestyle. Additionally, Dr. Liu offers My LAP-BAND® Journey, a customized method for tracking pre-and post-surgery progress and staying motivated to achieve success with weight loss surgery.
Does LAP-BAND® surgery sound right for you? Please contact Dr. Carson Liu™ in Los Angeles, California to learn more about lap band surgery.