Dr. Rachael Keilen and Dr. Ron Hekier from the Weight Loss Surgery Channel explain what it takes for a patient to experience Lap-band success.
Commitment To A New Lifestyle
The people that Dr. Keilen has found to be most successful with the Lab-band are those who start the journey with a certain commitment. Patients have to make changes to the food that they eat, how they eat, and how much time they spend eating each day. In addition, they need to adapt their lifestyles to healthier habits such as exercise on a regular basis. Food alone will not make the weight go away.
“It’s important in the long run that you change how you view food. It’s important to change the behaviors and situations that you put yourself in, says Dr. Keilen. The patients that will be likely to succeed are those that start with an acknowledgement and agreement to this thought process. The band only reduces the amount of food required to make one feel full. It will still be up to the patient to make decisions about what they eat and how they handle their eating habits.
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According to Dr. Hekier, patients need to recognize the unhealthy lifestyles that got them into the position that they are now in. He states that “patients who do not realize the unhealthy lifestyles they have engaged in will not reach their goals with the Lap-Band system.” In other words, if a patient walks into the clinic and still has the mentality that they have the weight issues they do simply because they inherited them and that nothing they have done to this point has contributed to the problem, the patient is already fighting a losing battle. They need to enter this process realizing that it takes effort on their part to remain healthy and that the band will not do all the work for them.