The most popular weight-loss surgery in the United States today, gastric bypass, limits the amount of food your stomach can hold and affects the body’s absorption of calories and nutrients. The Lap-Band is another option, but it reduces the size of the stomach through the placement of an inflatable band around the stomach, without altering the digestive process. This band can be loosened or tightened as required to limit the size of the stomach pouch. Used worldwide for a number of years, it is the only FDA-approved weight-loss device available in the United States.

These procedures are minimally invasive thanks to advances in laparoscopic surgery, so recovery is typically quite speedy. Gastric bypass still requires an overnight hospital stay, but the Lap-Band procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to get back to your normal routine in about a week.

It is important to know that weight-loss surgery is not a quick fix but rather a tool to help those who have repeatedly tried-and failed-to lose weight. A successful long-term outcome requires a lifelong commitment to exercise and diet modification.

For more information about surgery or non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures, please contact Dr. Vasdev Rai at the Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas today to schedule your initial consultation.