PCOS and LAP-BAND
Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) often have difficulty losing weight, despite strict dieting and rigorous exercise. If you have PCOS and LAP-BAND surgery is something you are considering, be sure to research the facts first. It might encourage you to know however, that many women with PCOS report successful results after having the LAP-BAND procedure, and are finally able to lose the weight that they have been trying to shed for years.
PCOS is reported to affect as many as 10% of all women that are at childbearing age. Women with PCOS can often experience symptoms that can mimic other diseases, disorders or health concerns, so they can go months or even years before they are finally diagnosed correctly. Health providers do not consider PCOS a disease and the causes of the condition are unknown, but some think the occurrence of PCOS could be related to influences such as genetics, environmental chemical pollution or even chronic inflammation.
Normally, during a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, follicles develop on the surface of her ovaries. Once one follicle reaches maturity, the others normally degenerate allowing the mature follicle to continue the process that ends with the release of an egg (ovulation). In women with PCOS, none of the follicles degenerate, giving the ovary a bumpy, pearl-like appearance. While the ovaries do create a lot of follicles each month, they do not produce an egg or allow ovulation. Over time, symptoms will develop as the prolonged existence of the cysts cause a hormonal imbalance.
PCOS can contribute to other conditions and symptoms, such as irregular periods, depression, excessive weight gain, acne, excess facial hair and thinning of scalp hair. While the LAP-BAND will not cure PCOS, having PCOS and LAP-BAND Surgery can help take off the weight gained and may even relive other symptoms allowing you to live a happier, healthier life. In the United States, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the most common cause of infertility in women. The syndrome can occur temporarily during puberty or during the transitional years of perimenopause, but for many women the PCOS symptoms can become severe, causing them distress physically and emotionally.
Many women with PCOS also have insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is thought to be caused by the consumption of a high amount of carbohydrates, which leads to chronically elevated levels of insulin in the blood. Women who have an insulin resistance also have a higher risk of serious conditions that include diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome, and typically have great difficulty losing weight.
The good news is that women with insulin resistance usually respond well to modifications in their diet including the nutritional support found in soy and other functional foods. Health care providers also recommend multi-vitamins, minerals and omega-3s for their patients. Women with PCOS are encouraged to participate in regular exercise which helps their bodies to regain its natural insulin function. The treatment recommended for women with PCOS is often birth control pills which help to stabilize their monthly menstrual cycles.
Although women with PCOS and LAP-BANDs can usually expect slower weight loss than women without who do not have PCOS, most women are happy to be making positive progress toward their goal of having a healthier body.
If you have PCOS, and LAP-BAND surgery is something that you are considering, then don’t hesitate to call one of our bariatric LAP-BAND Surgery Centers or fill out our form and one of our knowledgeable and friendly doctors will be happy to discuss your condition and how the LAP-BAND may help you experience a healthier, happier life.
To learn more about PCOS and LAP-BAND, please call our offices at 800-561-9000 to schedule a consultation.