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LAP-BAND® Concerns May Signal Need for Medical Intervention

Apr 26, 2017
The founder of the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery talks about the need for yearly evaluation.

Plano, TX, April, 26, 2017 – The LAP-BAND® procedure has been a popular weight-loss option in the United States since its introduction in 2001. Favored by many for its proven effectiveness and its reversible nature, this procedure has helped thousands of people lose weight. It is not, however, a panacea. Patients who have undergone LAP-BAND® procedures in the past may find the device no longer works for them or that complications, such as slippage, acid reflux or nausea have developed.

“The LAP-BAND® procedure is a very effective tool for those seeking to address weight-related concerns without the permanency involved in either the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy procedure,” says Dr. Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon at the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery. “The procedure does have some associated side effects that some patients may experience. That is why annual evaluations, at the minimum, are recommended. There are also side effects that may demand more immediate medical attention that may arise after the LAP-BAND® procedure is performed.”

The LAP-BAND® procedure is performed laparoscopically. It involves the placement of a band around the stomach, which effectively limits the amount of food that can be consumed at any given time. In providing a way to reduce stomach capacity, the band enables people to lose a significant percentage of their excess body weight. When coupled with lifestyle changes, such as an appropriate diet and exercise, the results can be quite pleasing.

“While many LAP-BAND® patients report strong and lasting results, that is not always the case,” says Dr. Nicholson. “Patients who feel like the band has stopped working or who witness a return of weight should seek out medical advice. Patients may also suffer from nausea, vomiting or acid reflux, which may signal slippage of the band. Seeking medical advice in these scenarios is important. Doctors can sometimes address concerns with an office procedure that refills the band. If slippage is suspected, simple surgery can restore its effectiveness.”

The LAP-BAND® procedure has helped thousands of people gain control of their weight while helping them reduce risks of diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-related health complications. Over time, the effectiveness of this tool may diminish due to slippage and other causations, making routine follow ups important.

“While enthusiasm for LAP-BAND® surgery has waned over the past few years, this option remains very viable for some people,” says Dr. Nicholson. “Anyone considering weight loss surgery is strongly encouraged to explore all the options with their healthcare provider to make the best decision to meet their personal needs. Should LAP-BAND® be selected, the procedure can produce very pleasing results. To ensure that, annual evaluations should take place and any unusual symptoms should be reported to a doctor right away.”

About Nicholson Clinic
Founded by Dr. Nick Nicholson, one of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny,” the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery offers a variety of options to help patients gain control of their weight and their lives.