Because weight loss surgery is now so common, people think they know it all. In reality, however, there are a lot of myths out there as well. Let’s take a look at the most common myths surrounding lap band surgery in particular.
- People with a Lap Ban Have a Worse Quality of Life than Those with a Gastric Bypass
It is not clear where this myth comes from, but it is a common one. Various studies have now demonstrated that the quality of life for both procedure is exactly the same. That is also because both procedures do the same thing: they help you lose weight and become more health conscious, while at the same time improving your body image.
What is true is that weight loss is usually a bit slower with the lap band, which means people transition slowly as well. With a gastric bypass, weight loss is very rapid and this can come as somewhat of a shock.
- The Lap Ban Can Not Resolve Comorbidity Disorders
This is another common, but very strange myths. Comorbidity disorders are illnesses that are in place purely because you are overweight. Some of those, such as arthritis and osteoporosis, are not reversible. Others, and those are usually the more lethal ones, including type 2 diabetes and hypertension, can be fully reversed simply by losing weight. Studies have shown that, in cases of people with people who have had lap band surgery:
- 60% see an improvement in asthma.
- 35% see a full resolution of asthma.
- 65% see a full resolution of type 2 diabetes.
- 95% see a full resolution of sleep apnea.
- The Super Obese Are not Eligible for the Lap Band
This myth is so far removed from the truth that it is hard to understand where it actually came frame. The lap band is perfect for the super obese, although they will lose weight slightly slower, particularly in the first year. However, their long term weight loss is exactly like that of the obese. Plus, the lap band is a minimally invasive type of surgery, being performed through a laparoscopic procedure, which means that people do not have to go under full anesthetic, which is often much too risky for them. In fact, the lap band is perhaps not just the safest option for the super obese, it is often the only option for the super obese.
- People Who Like Sweet Things Can’t Have the Lap Band
We have come to associate anything sweet with fattening. However, it has been shown that people who like to eat sweets can lose just as much weight with the lap band as anyone else. What matters is that they follow a proper diet and nutrition plan so that they get the nutrition they need. If they want to include the occasional sweet to that, they absolutely can.
These are the four main myths out there about lap ban surgery, all of which are just that: myths with not a grain of truth in them.