Kiss High Blood Pressure Goodbye

The lap band surgery does more than just help a patient lose excess weight. This surgery could possibly cure obesity related medical conditions like high b…

High blood pressure can lead to serious health problems. Improperly taking care of a high blood pressure issue can leave a person open to the possibility of a heart attack or even death. High blood pressure is known as a “Silent killer” because it has no symptoms and a patient might not be aware that stress is being put on the vascular system and even the heart. Being overweight increases the chances of developing high blood pressure. Excess weight increases the strain of heart, and raises blood cholesterol. Being overweight can also increase the likelihood that a person will develop diabetes.

Losing as little as 10 to 20 lbs can help lower blood pressure and lower the risk of developing heart disease. For most, simple diet and exercise will help them to stay healthy. But for those who have tried to lose weight with diet and exercise with no success, there’s a surgical option that is a great way to lose weight.

The lapband surgery can be one of the most successful high blood pressure treatments that a patient could get to stay healthy. The lap band surgery helps patients that have tried dieting and exercising, who have not seen results, lose weight and keep it off. This procedure is minimally invasive and it has a faster recovery time than other popular weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass. Most lap band procedures are done laparoscopically, leaving only small incisions that will become barely visible. This operation is fast and simple and patients will begin to notice the rapid weight loss right after surgery. During this surgery an adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach in order to create a smaller upper pouch that will help the patient get full faster and stay full longer. Compared to other weight loss surgeries, this surgery does not involve stapling or cutting of the stomach and is completely reversible. It takes no more than 60 minutes to be done with surgery. After surgery, most patients are able to resume normal activities within 5-6 days after surgery.

The lap band is also known for it’s adjustable nature. The lap band has a port connected to it via thin tube. The port is implanted right under the first few layers of skin in the abdomen. This port is where the adjustments are made to the lap band. Saline is injected into the port with a small needle. Right after this adjustment, patients will notice a difference of their eating habits. After each adjustment, patients are back on a liquid diet for a day to make sure that lap band is not too tight. If that were the case, the patient would to go back to their bariatric doctor to remove some saline from band (also done through the port). There is no need for another operation after this, since every adjustment is made through the port. The lap band surgery is covered under most PPO insurance plans. For those who do not have bariatric coverage, the cost of lap band is affordable. The surgery can range from $15,000-$18,000, depending on the facility and medical history. There is financing available through medical financing companies such as Care Credit.