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Benefits of Supervised Weight Loss.

Supervised Weight Loss is a pre-surgery insurance requirement for most patients planning to undergo bariatric surgery. Most insurance companies require that the patient meet with a dietitian once a month in an individual or class setting to cover diet and exercise topics related to bariatric surgery. The length of supervised weight loss varies based on…

Physical Intimacy (Sex) After LAP-BAND Surgery.

LAP-BAND surgery brings a world of possibilities to your life. New clothes, more energy, increased self-confidence, better health, and physical intimacy. Whether you are starting to date someone new or reconnecting with your partner, the sex-talk after LAP-BAND surgery is one we have often. Just like any other topic related to your LAP-BAND surgery it is important to set realistic expectations.
Patients can start practicing intercourse as soon as they feel comfortable. Dr. McEwen’s outpatient LAP-BAND procedure is minimally invasive though still requires patient to go under anesthesia. Because of this, we advise waiting until you are fully recovered. Everyone is different, so this will depend on your body and adherence to guidelines.

Why Test Your Metabolic Rate? | Infographic.

Testing your Metabolic Rate will precisely assess how many calories you burn each day giving Dr. McEwen the perfect target for steady weight loss before or after your LAP-BAND surgery. Here are 5 reasons why this test will help us make your weight loss journey more successful.[…]

Introducing Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing To Our Practice!

What is a Resting Metabolic Rate Test?

Metabolism is the process of converting food (calories) into energy. The efficiency with which your body does this is referred to as your metabolic rate. Many factors affect a person’s metabolic rate: weight, age, body composition, hormone levels, and gender making it a highly unique number […]

5 Delicious Protein Shake Recipes For Your LAP-BAND.

Diet and lifestyle changes can be intimidating. Whether you are brand new to the Lap-Band or have had one for years your diet is, and always will be, important to your success. Protein shakes can be a convenient and simple way to achieve your recommended 60 grams of protein each day. It is important to choose protein shakes or protein shake powder made with whey protein as this type of protein is a “complete protein” which means it has all 9 essential amino acids. To avoid burnout with the same protein shake try out some new recipes like the 5 listed below! You can even meal-prep the recipes by putting all ingredients (minus the milk) in individual baggies to be prepped and ready for your morning! […]

7 Recommended Pre-Made Protein Shakes Brands For Your LAP-BAND Diet.

What better way to keep up with your protein intake and lifestyle pace: pre-made protein shakes. Here are 7, highly, recommended pre-made protein shakes: Pros Cons 15 grams protein 9 grams fat 3 grams carbs Dairy Protein Blend’ – Contains caseinte 160 Calories Too low in protein for full meal replacement. High variety of flavors…

My LAP-BAND & My Relationships.

Will my LAP-BAND affect my marriage or other relationships? In a way, yes it will. First it starts with affecting you. You will change your personal relationship with food. You’ll look at eating differently and will modify habits that led you to an unhealthy weight or continued the cycle of unhealthy weight. During this personal change you might need support from those around you. You will need to be strong enough to say, “Sorry I prefer not to eat that… but I can eat this.” or “you know I love peanut butter m&m’s, but I am trying not to have them on a regular basis anymore, Can we avoid having them in the house?”
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Fear of Failure.

One of the biggest road blocks for those struggling with obesity, or anyone working on their weight, is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointment. Fear of health issues. Fear of being judged by others, society, and a loved one. Fear of admitting your weight is a bigger issue to you than you’ve ever let on. Fear of having no other option and being stuck in this body that doesn’t feel like yours anymore.  Fear of bariatric surgery.

We understand that fear. We understand that breaking out of comfortable but unhealthy cycle of habits can be hard. We know overcoming your fears will take time and dedication as well as commitment. We also know it takes a strong support system, and we understand that fear pushes everything aside and alienates us from anything or anyone that’s trying to help.

Fear is a huge factor that keeps potential patients from taking the first step in tackling their weight issues. How can Dr. McEwen and his team help with fear? Where do these fears come from? Why do potential LAP-BAND patients have these fears? Below are a few steps to take in overcoming your fears: […]

LAP-BAND Surgery, a Possible Treatment for Diabetes.

It is important for us to clarify that lap band surgery will not cure your diabetes. Bariatric surgery does have the power to greatly improve your blood sugar levels and overall numbers. Improvements in blood sugar levels makes it possible for you to decrease your dependence on diabetes-related medications. While bariatric surgery is not an exclusive diabetes treatment there is a direct correlation with weight loss surgery and improvements in diabetes health issues.

LAP-BAND surgery can make a difference; patients could use less medication or none at all for TYPE 2 Diabetes or Insulin Resistance. Type I diabetes could see improvements with weight loss but Type I diabetics will always need therapy. […]

LAP-BAND Approved | Banana Shake!

This summer, keep your LAP-BAND shakes fresh and nutritional with this Banana Shake. This quick and simple shake can serve as breakfast, a mid-day or late-night snack. Try it, post it on your Instagram and tag us (@lapbandindiana)! We want to know what you think: […]

What Are LAP-BAND Adjustments & Why Do We Perform Them?

A LAP-BAND adjustment is an in-office procedure. Doctor McEwen uses a specialized needle to insert into your LAP-BAND port to inject sterile saline. The saline can fill the band’s inner pockets to tighten the band, or remove saline to loosen it.

Adding fluid to the band tightens the stoma (opening) into the lower stomach. The fluid makes the opening to your LAP-BAND pouch smaller, making it harder for food to pass through while helping you to feel full quicker. This added restriction means you need to pay closer attention to your food eat, speed at which you eat it, portion control and of course, what you are actually eating. […]