Does the Lap Band Cause Shortness of Breath?
It is estimated that there are approximately 300,000 premature deaths associated with obesity annually (CDC) in the United States as a result of obesity and its accompanying health conditions. The health risks associated with obesity can include: high blood pressure, diabetes, higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, formation of blood clots, breathing problems, and much more. One method of treating obesity that has been growing in popularity is Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, also called Lap Band Surgery. This procedure has been shown to resolve or improve many health related conditions associated with obesity. One condition that many people are concerned about when having the weight loss procedure is whether the lap band will cause shortness of breath.
This procedure involves inserting a gastric band into the patient’s upper part of the stomach. Saline is injected into the lap band which forms a gastric pouch. The result is a reduced stomach size. The patient consumes less food and loses a large amount of weight. This minimally invasive weight loss surgery has helped people suffering from obesity lose the weight and keep it off. As well, the procedure has been show to improve lung function. The actual surgery does not interfere with lung function.
When a person is obese, their lungs are unable to expand and contract properly. The result can be shortness of breath and shallow breathing, especially when engaged in an activity such as walking or climbing the stairs. There is also a reduced oxygen exchange in the lungs which can result in a condition called pulmonary hypertension. After the surgery, the weight starts to drop off and there is less pressure on the lungs. This allows the lungs to start functioning at normal levels. Not only is shortness of breath improved, but obstructive sleep apnea and hyperventilation is also greatly improved. Losing weight with a lap band is an excellent way to improve one’s breathing.
Those suffering from obesity can also suffer from asthma attacks. Having this surgery has been show to reduce asthma as the loss of fat will allow breathing to improve. Inflammation is alleviated and the air passages open up. People with asthma breathe much easier and more freely after having lap band surgery.
This surgery is chosen by millions of people around the globe as an effective weight loss procedure. When you have lap band surgery, you have to be committed to a healthy change in lifestyle which includes eating the right portions of food containing the proper amount of nutrition. You will also need to develop a healthy exercise program. It will ensure that the weight you lose never returns.
Lap band surgery is the only reversible weight loss option and the surgery itself is only about 40 minutes long and patients normally go home that day. If you think lap band surgery may be the right solution for your obesity, it is important to discuss the surgery with a medical professional who can you advise on the risks and benefits of the procedure and help determine if you are a potential candidate for the weight loss procedure.