Still Hungry After Lap Band Surgery
I've had lap band surgery and am still hungry all the time. Why is this?
By Caroline Apovian, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N.
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During lap band surgery, your doctor puts a band around your stomach that restricts how much food you can take in during a meal. It does not, however, affect your appetite.
As you lose weight from taking in fewer calories, you may feel hungry because the less fat you have, the less leptin is being secreted in your blood from that fat. The hormone leptin goes to the brain and signals the feeling of being full. You might consider seeing an obesity specialist for advice on diet and exercise, and perhaps to discuss a medication that can suppress your appetite. There are two available, Meridia and phentermine, which can be obtained by prescription. They work best with a program of diet and exercise.
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