Lap Band Surgery Improves Mental Function
Already known for providing more health benefits than just weight loss, a recent study expands the possible advantages of Lap Band surgery to include improved mental health. Laparoscopic gastric banding is less invasive than other forms of weight loss surgery, leading to faster recovery time, minimal scarring, and less chance for post-operative infections. Additionally, Lap Band surgery has positive effects on blood sugar regulation, making it a valuable choice for those with Type 2 diabetes. A band is placed on the stomach to decrease its volume, thus reducing the amount of food that can be consumed.
The current study, recently presented at the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society, measured various psychological factors prior to the surgery and again at six and twelve months after the JSAPA Weight Loss Surgery. The researchers were looking at the incidence of anxiety, depression, social anxiety, and general quality of life in 25 severely obese patients. Of the 25 participants, 21 were women and 16 suffered from Type 2 diabetes. All patients fell in the morbidly obese category, a severe form of obesity characterized by being 100% over the ideal body weight.
Researchers found the psychological test scores showed significant improvement on both the six and twelve month post-operative tests. Levels of anxiety, depression, and social anxiety were all lower than before the surgery. Both psychological and physical quality of life scores improved for the patients. Additional testing showed better blood sugar control.
With the incidence of obesity increasing in Jacksonville, Florida, and in the nation as a whole, Lap Band surgery is quickly becoming the most effective solution for weight loss for the severely obese when other non-surgical methods have failed.