Obesity comes at a price. Thousands of Americans each year pay that price with diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, arthritis and high blood pressure. All these diseases can become deadly if not taken care of in a timely manner. Unfortunately the easiest solution to all of these problems is the hardest for some people achieve: weight loss.
One of the most common conditions that obese patients face is type 2 diabetes. A type 2 diabetes cure may be achieved through the use of the lapband. The Mayo clinic outlines the benefits off weight-loss surgery for those with diabetes:
“If you have type 2 diabetes and your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 35, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Blood sugar levels return to normal in 55 to 95 percent of people with diabetes, depending on the procedure performed. Surgeries that bypass a portion of the small intestine have more of an effect on blood sugar levels than do other weight- loss surgeries” ¹
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According to WebMD.com, laparoscopic gastric banding is the second most common weight loss surgery, after gastric bypass. Gastric banding uses laparoscopic tools to place an adjustable silicon band around the upper part of the stomach. This band created a small upper pouch with about an inch-wide outlet, which can only hold about an ounce of food. A plastic tube runs from the silicone band to a port just under the skin. Saline can be injected or removed through this port through the use of a small needle. Injecting saline fills the band and makes it tighter and removing saline makes the band looser. In this way, the band can be tightened or loosened as needed. This can reduce side effects and improve healthy, gradual weight loss.
The lap band is often considered to be least invasive weight loss surgery, boasting a more impressive safety record than other surgeries because of its reversible nature. Lap band surgery also has a low complication rate because of this, which means high levels of vitamin absorption and a low instance of revision surgery.
¹ “Type 2 diabetes .” 24052011. n. pag. MayoClinic. Web. 3 Aug 2011. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/type-2-diabetes/DS00585.