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A Consumer’s Guide To Lap Band Surgery

Lap Band surgery is used to help patients lose weight; however, it is only used for those who have a BMI of at least 40 or an individual with a BMI of at least 30 with at least one obesity related condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.. In order to qualify for this elective surgery, individuals must commit to making a variety of significant changes in their lifestyle, including dietary restrictions and moderate exercise.

This surgery is only approved for adults who are healthy enough to undergo surgery in Houston. Those with gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune diseases or cardiopulmonary diseases should not undergo this operation. Additionally, those who are unwilling to follow strict dietary restrictions, are addicted to drug or alcohol or women who are pregnant or might become pregnant should not undergo this surgery.

This outpatient surgery involves implanting an inflatable silicone device near the top of the stomach to decrease the amount of food a patient can eat. because the band creates a smaller stomach, it is important that patients follow a strict diet to avoid stretching the stomach or dislodging the band. Additionally, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, should be avoided as they can contribute to band erosion.

Lap Band InstrumentsLap band surgery patients may require additional surgeries to deflate the bands, replace the bands or remove the bands. However, because of medical advances, the surgery may be able to be performed laparoscopically, which results in less pain and faster recovery times.

One of the main benefits of lap band surgery is the ability to remove the bands laparoscopically once the patient’s weight loss goals have been reached. Because the surgery can be done laparoscopically, minimal scarring occurs. Once the band is removed, the patient’s stomach returns to normal size, which can cause weight gain if the patient is not careful. However, with proper exercise and a sensible diet, the patient can maintain their weight loss.

Because this surgery does not remove any of the digestive tract, patients normally do not experience the nutritional deficiencies often experienced with more drastic weight loss surgeries. As long as the patient follows a sensible diet, no deficiencies should occur.

On average patients lose between 50 and 100 pounds during their first year. During this year, patients will learn how to eat properly to encourage weight loss and avoid weight gain once the lap band is removed.

Beyond Sustainable Farm Grows More than Vegetables to Feed Community

Beyond Sustainable Farm Grows More than Vegetables to Feed Community
John from visits Green Row Farms, a Beyond Sustainable Farm that is growing using Regenerative Agriculture techniques that gives Organic Farm tours on Oahu, Hawaii.

In this episode, you will discover why simply sustainable farming is not really sustainable for the long haul, and how this farm is diverting local waste streams into the farm to build soil fertility, grow vegetables and feed the chickens at the same time. You will also discover how worms are being used to create some of the best fertility on the farm. You will learn how they are creating the greatest benefit from their worm castings by brewing a compost tea to only enhance the diversity of microorganisms on their farm. You will also discover how the farm is using wood chips to control weeds and create a beneficial soil ecology rich in fungal activity. You will also learn a unique system to feed produce scraps from a local grocery store to the chickens to keep them fed that will encourage faster nutrient cycling.

You will also discover why this farmer decided to stop tilling his fields and go with no-till agriculture which he found to work significantly better in his environment.

Next, you will get a peek inside the greenhouse and learn how the farmer is growing baby leafy greens with minimal pest damage and how he can offer the freshest and living greens at the farmers market by growing in concrete mixing tubs that are available near you.

Finally John will sit down with Sean the farmer and learn why he started the farm and more information on what is he cultivating on the farm besides just vegetables. You will also discover the farmers primary mission and method on how plans to do his part to change the food system in Hawaii and beyond.

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