Will I Still Be Hungry After Lap Band Surgery?

I feel like I'm always hungry and that's why I'm overweight. I don't eat bad foods, just a lot of food. Will a Lap Band help?

Doctor Answers 3

Hunger after Lap-Band

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The Lap-Band works by slowing down the passage of food from the upper portion of the stomach into the remainder of the stomach with restriction.  When you reach the green zone of correct tightness of the Lap-Band you should get full pretty quickly after eating small meals.  We recommend not drinking while eating.  Follow-up with your surgeon is very important to receive the best results from your surgery.

Shawn Garber, MD

Hunger control after lap band surgery

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Lap band surgery is not for everyone, The abiility of the lap band to control 'hunger" is marginal at best.  Without excercise and good nutrition the lap band does not work.  Lap band is not meant to control hunger but desinged to control portions.  it s difficult to predict how well a lap band surgery will work for you.

Ricardo M. Bonnor, MD, FACS
Houston General Surgeon

Lap Band And Hunger

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Thanks for your question.  One of the best parts of the LapBand surgery is the quantity of food that fills your stomach is drastically reduced.  Since the LapBand is adjustable, it may take a few tries for you and your doctor to find the right amount of restriction.  The tightness (restriction) that you feel will also keep you from eating too quickly which is a common reason why people overeat.  Portion control is important for both losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight which is why the LapBand is an incredibly powerful tool to help keep you lose excess weight as well as maintaining your goal weight.

Daniel J. Rosen, MD
New York Bariatric Surgeon
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