Although Lap Band Surgery is a minimally invasive and safe procedure, it is a unique weight loss procedure that requires a highly qualified medical and multidisciplinary support team to help a patient achieve and maintain successful weight loss. A good bariatric clinic will make sure that a patient has an expert medical support team as well as a comprehensive and supportive program before, during, and after the lap band surgery. After having the lap-band surgery, a clinic will provide support programs to help the patient succeed in their weight loss goals. Below is a general description of what a lap band surgery support program involves:
1. Pre-Surgical Assessment: An in-depth assessment will take place to make sure the patient is medically and psychologically fit to undergo the procedure. There will be a complete medical work up that reviews the patient’s medical history as well as necessary medical tests to determine if there are any medical issues that may cause problems if the patient has the surgery. There will also be a psychological assessment to evaluate if the patient is emotionally and psychologically ready to have the surgery and undergo the post-weight loss surgery process.
2. Pre-Surgical Consultation: A clinic should offer a patient and their support person pre-surgical consultations to help them understand what the weight loss process involves and what to expect after the procedure. This can include: what to expect when arriving at the clinic for surgery, stages of recovery, talking to patients who have had the surgery, and the diet required before and after the surgery. The patient will be able to ask questions, learn about all aspects of the procedure, and become confident and comfortable with the surgery.
3. Post Surgery Program: This program is designed to help patients achieve weight loss success and sustain the weight loss. The program will be based on the patient’s individual needs. This can include consultations with medical professionals to help the patient understand and deal with obesity-related medical conditions, nurses for education and adjusting the lap band when needed, and a patient care team that trouble shoots potential problems. As well, a patient will consult with the following: a nutritional counselor to learn how to eat properly and eat the correct foods in the proper consistency, a mental health professional to help the patient deal with any emotional issues, and a personal trainer who specializes in helping a patient increase mobility and become more physically fit.
4. Seminars: A quality weight loss surgery clinic will provide an all-inclusive approach to supporting patients with useful seminars that help them learn to use the lap-band successfully to lose a large amount of weight and keep it off. The support program deals with the psychological, nutritional, physical and social aspects of obesity and weight loss and helps patients deal with life challenges and to overcome obstacles. It is about helping the patient not only live a healthy life, but also a happy life.
Support programs are essential to helping lap band patients succeed. A quality clinic will give their patients all of the support required to have a successful surgical and post-operative experience so that they will lose the weight, and become a more positive and healthier person.