LAP-BAND ®, or Laproscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure, is a weight loss surgery, which involves the implanting of a prosthetic device into your stomach. It divides the stomach into two parts or pouches, which are connected by a narrow passage. This helps in slowing digestion and reducing the amount of food intake. It will reduce your appetite, as your stomach will feel full with a much lesser amount of food.

There are several non-invasive alternatives that you can adopt instead of Lap Band.


Healthy Diet and Exercise

Adopting a healthy lifestyle, complete with a balanced diet and ample exercise, is the safest way to lose weight. You can begin by visiting a nutritionist, to adopt a suitable diet for yourself. A visit to your physician is also recommended to ensure that you are physically fit for the exercise plan you intend to follow. Hiring a trainer will also allow you to get the most out of your exercise routine.


Prescription Fat Blockers

Lipase is an enzyme which breaks down the fat when it enters the intestinal tract. Prescription fat blockers inhibit the action of lipase, which causes a part of the fat to pass through the bowel system, without being broken down and absorbed by the body. The pills basically bind the fat creating a cluster too large to go through the intestinal tract, which is then removed from the body. Some prescription fat blockers are Xenical, Trimspa, Cortislim and Zantrex, amongst others.


Mesotherapy

A non-invasive procedure, Mesotherapy involves the injection of homeopathic or conventional medicine under the skin. This results in the breakdown of fatty tissues and an increase in blood circulation under the skin. The procedure not only increases firmness of the skin, it is also used to rejuvenate the skin. The entire session only lasts about 20-25 minutes, and you may experience mild discomfort during the procedure. A numbing cream can be used in case you feel increased discomfort.


Mental Weight Loss Treatment

Also known as Mental Lap Band Program, this procedure involves the use of hypnosis and guided imagery sessions, which use your sub-conscious mind to lose weight. The program installs a mental gastric band, which guides you to squeeze your stomach wall and create a small, golf-ball sized pouch. This pouch is then held in place by your sub-conscious mind, resulting in a loss of appetite and thereby loss of weight.

You will undergo weekly hypnosis sessions, which help you form a new attitude towards food, and help you cope with stress and other situations in a healthy manner. Hypnosis also increases metabolism, burning up any stored energy you may have.


Appetite Suppressants

Appetite suppressants affect the hypothalamus region of the brain, which regulates appetite for the body. Some common appetite suppressants are, phentermine (Anoxine – AM, Adipex – P, Fastin), sibutramine (Meridia) and diethylpropion (Tenuate).

Even if you undergo Lap Band surgery, you will be required to undergo a lifestyle change, consisting of a more healthy diet and exercise, in order to enhance and sustain the results.