- Determining Your Candidacy
- Preparing for LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Determining Your Candidacy
Individuals who are interested in undergoing LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery at our Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex-area practice in must schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Barnes prior to the procedure. During the consultation, Dr. Barnes will help the patient determine if the individual is a suitable candidate for LAP-BAND® System surgery. Some qualifications for surgery include:
- Prospective patients must have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher with serious medical conditions. Individuals with a BMI of 40 and above qualify for surgery with or without other serious medical conditions.
- Prospective patients must have attempted to lose weight in a controlled and documented weight loss program. LAP-BAND® System surgery is usually considered after other weight loss methods have been unsuccessful.
- Prospective patients often experience a variety of serious health problems related to their excess weight. These health conditions are called co-morbidities. Morbidly obese individuals are at risk for more than 30 co-morbidities, including type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, Stroke, and Hypertension.
- Prospective patients must understand that LAP-BAND® System surgery is not a quick-fix weight loss solution. They must be willing and determined to make the necessary lifestyle changes, including changes to diet and exercise.
After candidacy is determined, Dr. Barnes will inform patients about how to prepare for the LAP-BAND® System procedure, as well as what they can expect after surgery. He also will explain the details of the LAP-BAND® System procedure and address any questions or concerns the patient may have. At the office of Gregory Barnes, MD., we believe patient education is essential to a successful operation and a speedy recovery. Please contact our practice to schedule an initial consultation for surgery with the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band.
Preparing for LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Our practice uses a multidisciplinary approach to help individuals seeking weight loss surgery to achieve and maintain a fit lifestyle. This new lifestyle begins prior to surgery you learn how to make more nutritional food choices and gain healthier diet and exercise habits. Our staff has tremendous experience in helping obese patients achieve their weight loss goals. Dr. Barnes will provide you with a specific pre-operative plan to help prepare you for surgery. Following this plan will ensure the most successful outcome possible. This pre-operative plan includes:
Nutrition and diet.
You will need to undergo nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietician to create an appropriate diet that meets both caloric and nutrient needs. Together with you, our Registered Dietician will create a detailed diet program that will help prepare your body for this life-changing surgery. This is provided in a pre-operative class.
An individual physical activity plan is an important step in preparing for surgery. Exercise can help promote your ability to heal from injury or soreness as well as improve your flexibility and range of motion.
You must undergo a psychological screening with a Psychologist specializing in Bariatrics, prior to your procedure. This is designed to identify and help you cope with any issues that can negatively affect your weight loss goals. If serious mental health problems are identified, you can discuss treatment options with a Licensed Psychologist. Even when mentally healthy, you are encouraged to build a strong support network of family and friends, to help you achieve results that will last a lifetime. Many patients also enjoy the support offered from other weight loss surgery patients at support meetings, available to all of Dr. Gregory Barnes’s patients. A strong support system can help you achieve successful surgical results that last a lifetime
To learn more about how to prepare for LAP-BAND® System surgery, please visit our frequently asked questions section.
Schedule an Appointment for LAP-BAND® System Surgery
If you suffer from morbid obesity and are interested in learning more about the leading-edge LAP-BAND® surgery procedure offered at our Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex practice, please schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Gregory Barnes. We offer a variety of convenient financing options to help make your weight loss procedure more affordable.
Recovery from LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Because LAP-BAND® surgery is performed laparoscopically, pain and scarring are minimal; however, medication can be prescribed to control any discomfort. Most patients can go home the same day as their operation, with post-operative instructions to help prevent unnecessary discomfort and ensure successful weight loss. These instructions include a liquid diet for the first couple weeks after surgery, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding certain foods. Patients are encouraged to engage in light physical activity such as walking to facilitate the healing process. Most patients return to their normal routine approximately one week after LAP-BAND® System surgery.
It is required that patients return to our DFW-area practice for routine follow-up exams for at least two years after their LAP-BAND® System procedure. Follow-up visits are extremely important following lap band to ensure that it is adjusted properly. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band will be adjusted over time as appropriate, usually until weight loss of one and a half to two pounds a week is achieved. In addition, as part of our comprehensive weight loss program, patients will have access to behavioral counseling and meet with a dietician to develop a diet and exercise plan that suits the patient’s caloric needs and activity level. At the office of Gregory Barnes, M.D., we are dedicated to helping patients achieve a healthy weight for improved quality of life.
Interested in LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding?
We offer a variety of bariatric surgery procedures as part of our comprehensive weight loss program, including state-of-the-art LAP-BAND® System surgery. To schedule an initial consultation with our skilled surgeon, please contact Dr. Gregory Barnes today. We offer a variety of financing options to help make our life-transforming procedures more affordable