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Having LAP-BAND® surgery has been one of the most important life-changing decisions that I’ve ever made. I feel like I have my life back again.- Kendra
Actual Patients of Dr. Veninga
Frequently Asked Questions
LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Surgery Dallas
One of the most effective means of overcoming morbid obesity is LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery. Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville residents should carefully consider all aspects of the procedure, however, before going forward with the surgery because it requires a full commitment to lifestyle changes that include healthy eating habits and regular exercise. LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery is a specialty of Dr. Frank Veninga, and he is a firm believer in providing his patients with complete information about the LAP-BAND® System so that they can make educated decisions. He makes sure that his patients have no surprises before, during, or after their surgery. Dr. Veninga has provided on this page answers to questions frequently asked by LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery candidates. Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville residents can schedule a private consultation with Dr. Veninga to get answers to the questions they have about their specific case.
Is obesity really a threat to my health?
Absolutely YES! Studies have shown that morbid obesity poses a great health risk. Obesity threatens psychological health as well as physical health, and it significantly increases the risk of early death. Morbid obesity has been positively linked to:
- degenerative joint disease
- adult-onset type 2 diabetes
- sleep apnea
- dyslipidemia – elevated levels of blood lipids that are a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease
- GERD – gastro-esophageal reflux disease
- heart disease
- menstrual irregularities
- polycystic ovarian disease
- various cancers
Who is a candidate for LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery?
If you are 18 year old or older, are willing to make significant changes to your lifestyle, and have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, you may be a candidate for LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery. Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville residents who have BMI of 35 to 40 and at least one of five co-morbid conditions may also be eligible for the surgery. More information is available on our LAP-BAND® Protocols page.
Is LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery safe?
All major surgical procedures have associated risks and complications, including death. Because LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery is a laparoscopic procedure and is reversible, it is the least invasive method of bariatric surgery. The procedure has fewer chances of complications, minimal scarring, less discomfort, and quicker recovery than gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve resection, and other weight loss procedures.
What does "laparoscopic" mean?
The term laparoscopic means that Dr. Veninga uses a small camera called a laparoscope to view the body's inner structures when he performs LAP-BAND® System surgery. The procedure only requires four to five ¼" to ½" incisions to the abdomen to accommodate the laparoscope and specialized surgical instruments.
Will my stomach be stapled?
No! In performing LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery, Dr. Veninga places the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band around the upper portion of the stomach and sutures the stomach around the band to secure it. No stapling or any other invasive surgical techniques are performed.
Can LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery be reversed?
Yes. Unlike most other obesity surgery methods, LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery is essentially reversible. Although the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band is meant to permanently reduce the amount of food we eat, the band can be easily removed with laparoscopic surgery. Weight gain is likely to reoccur after the band has been removed, however.
Will I have to stay in the hospital?
Probably not. LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery is typically performed as outpatient surgery — you'll probably be able to go home on the day of your surgery. However, if we feel it is necessary for your safety, we may have you stay overnight in the hospital. Certain insurance companies and Medicare may require an overnight stay.
What will I eat after my weight loss surgery?
In the first few two weeks after your surgery, you will be on a high-protein liquid diet. Subsequent to that, for two to four weeks, you'll eat finely chopped foods that can be prepared with a food processor. After that, you can start eating solid foods in small, high protein meals. More information is available on our Patient Information page, and we will give you specific guidelines to follow as part of your post-surgery nutrition counseling.
How much weight will I lose?
Weight loss results vary after LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery, but our Dallas, Lewisville, and Plano patients typically lose about one to two pounds every week. You can expect to lose 50 percent to 60+ percent of your excess weight. Of course, losing the weight and keeping it off requires your dedicated commitment to radically changing your eating habits and lifestyle permanently. See our Patient Tips page for guidelines to successfully maintaining weight loss.
Are your patients generally pleased with their LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery?
Yes. Our patients usually praise LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery for significantly improving their lives. Our patients experience improved health, greatly enhanced self-esteem and confidence, and the joy of participation in social and recreational activities. We invite you to visit our Testimonials page to read firsthand what some of our patients have to say about their results and life after LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery.
Will my insurance cover my weight loss surgery?
It may. We accept a variety of insurance plans. Our staff can help you determine if your insurance will cover all or part of your LAP-BAND® System surgery. If you are not fully covered, or if you don't have insurance, we can help you arrange financing through established health care lending institutions.
Learn More about LAP-BAND® System Weight Loss Surgery
To learn more about LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery, residents of Dallas, Plano, Lewisville, and all surrounding communities can contact North Texas Bariatric to schedule a consultation. Dr. Veninga and his staff are committed to providing patients with complete information so that they fully understand their surgery and can make informed decisions. You can also learn more about bariatric surgery at our Pre-Op Informational Lectures. Check our Calendar of Events for dates, times, and locations. Our calendar also lists a variety of fun and interesting events and provides information about our support group meetings, which are open bariatric surgery patients from any program.