Hi, I'm Kara Miller. I'm the Lifestylista, and today we're gonna talk about the pros and cons of lap band surgery. More than two thirds of the U.S. population is overweight, or obese, and the number of people who are obese have more than doubled since the 1960's. We're facing a serious obesity epidemic. Now, lap band surgery, or other weight loss surgeries are suggested by doctors as a last resort, if their patients are obese and unable to make the changes they need to change their lives, in terms of health. So, what is lap band surgery? Lap band surgery, in a nut shell, is putting in an adjustable band over the top of the stomach, and this band is filled with saline, it's adjustable and it totals enough to create a pouch. Now, the pouch is actually the size of an egg. It's tiny. A full stomach is one liter, and this is now miniscule, and what the point of this is is to stop you from eating the huge amounts of food you used to eat before. It makes it impossible. The pros and the cons. I'm gonna give you the pros. First, weight loss. Second, lap band surgery is less invasive, less costly than other weight loss options, like gastric bypass. It is, it is, you have less down time, less hospital time, you have actually less, fewer major complications when you compare it to gastric bypass surgery. Well, those are the, those are the pros. Now, let's look at the cons. One, you've got port problems, the actual port, band slippage, where you have the slippage of the band, or erosion into the stomach. You also have a situation where many people who have lap band surgery experience G.E.R.D., a sort of reflex disease that is extremely painful. Now, one of the biggest cons is one in 2,000 people who do lap band surgery die. How is that for a con? Now you know some of the pros and some of the cons of lap band surgery.