Our discussion starts with the assumption that you are struggling with major weight problems. You have tried all conventional weight loss methods: diets, supplements, exercise regimes and more. Nothing seems to work and you are almost at the point of giving up. But you have just learned that there are other (albeit drastic) weight loss methods that work where the conventional ones don’t. The two most outstanding and most viable ones, you have come to learn, are gastric bypass surgery and lapband implantation. After listening to presentations on the pros and cons of each, you have ultimately opted for the latter. You are now at the point where you need to get it done (the lap band implantation), and where you are keen on knowing what you need to do by way of preparation. That is precisely what we now venture to look at: the steps you need to take, as you prepare for lap band implantation. Those include:
Going for assessment: it is only through this that you can ascertain whether, in actual fact, you will get the lap band implanted or not. In other words, the simple fact that you want it doesn’t automatically mean that having it implanted is a possibility. You will have to undergo what can only be termed as ‘extensive assessment.’ The assessment will be aimed at several things.
It will be, first of all, to determine whether your weight problems are bad enough to warrant a lap band being implanted into your body.
Secondly, you will be assessed, to ascertain whether you have indeed and sincerely tried everything else, in terms of (less drastic) weight loss methods.
Thirdly, you will be assessed on whether you have the physical gravitas to withstand the (small bit of) surgery necessary to implant the band.
And finally, you will be assessed to ascertain whether you have the psychological resources to cope with the changes to your life that will inevitably be brought about by the lap band implantation.
Organizing finances: although it is not too costly, the lap band still costs money, as does the laparoscopic procedure through which it gets implanted. One way or another, you’ll have to work out how you’ll get the money for all this.
Minimizing food intake in the hours before the procedure. It is true that your belly will probably not be opened up in order to implant a lap band (except in the very highly unlikely event of their being some unforeseen emergency). Still, the incisions to insert the lap band and the camera through which it is eventually guided have to be made under anesthesia. And as we all know, some of the anesthetics used can make you sick (as in, cause you to vomit), messing things up in a huge way, if your tummy is full when they are administered to you. You should therefore try to minimize your food intake in the hours before the procedure.
Proactively setting aside time for recovery. Since this is a laparoscopic procedure (through which the lap band gets inserted/implanted), recovery should be quick. It is in fact an outpatient procedure. Most people are fully back on their feet within hours. Still, you need to make provisions for the unexpected. Ensure that your things are well organized for at least a few days, should anything go wrong during the surgery, necessitating longer recovery. As with anything else in life, it is always good to hope for the best, but still prepare for the worst.