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Hi Helen, I have been LB for over 1 year now and have lost 45kgs. I have been loosing quite a bit of hair lately and wondering if you can make any recommendations, should I take supplements or is there something I can include in my day to day eating to stop this from happening? I look forward to your ideas

In general terms it is important to take a general multi-vitamin.  In addition your diet needs to eb assessed to ensure you are having enough protien and variety in your diet.  Then recommendations can be made about the addition of other vitamins such as B-stress, protein powder and Silica in tehf orm of a supplement for hair, nail and skin.
Good luck

Can I Eat Rice?

Absolutely yes. Just take small portions and chew into a paste before swallowing.

hi my name is maria and i have been banded for 2 years now lost 60 pounds and can’t loose no more what should i do?

Hi Maria,
The first thing to do is get a real indication of waht you are eating regardng food choices, textures and volumes. We need to verify if the any calories are sneaking in. So a food diary is crucial to obtain your answers. Complete a diary for 4 days and then touch base to let me know of the details.
Good luck


Do u have a bunch or recipes band safe but full of nutrients I’m aneamic as it is and i have tablets and shots

Helen Bauzon’s Response:

I have put together a lap band shopping guide which focuses on calorie controlled, nutrient rich and texture appropriate for the band which has portioned meal ideas.

However being aneamic and needing tablets and shots, is there an underlying medical problem perhaps or just purely dietary insufficiency?

To increase the iron in your diet, red meat and offal is the best option. As I am not sure where your band sits and what you can tolerate, try more minced, wet slow cooked meat at least 3-4 times a week. Include some offal such as liver, which is very easy to get through the band.

I hope this helps

Kind regards



Further question:


Thank you for getting back to me Helen where could I see your shopping guide?


Further answer:


Click on the link below to view the content



I am 9 days post op for my lap band and will f/u with surgeon on Tuesday. I’m 5’4″, 210 #, goal of 130. (lost 30 so far since Aug 1st) What are your post-op recommendations daily for calories, carbs, fat, protein, etc? Thanks so much :)

In the fluid phase I do not monitor calories too much, this is only a short time frame and I do not really see people gain weight. But I certainly do aim for at least 5- to 60 grams of protein per day. Once we start to eat solid food then I am more diligent. I have content on my website you can view to help you through the transition phase.

Good luck


Lap Band Surgery Complications (1)

Lap Band Surgery Complications

Please enjoy the video presented by Professor Paul O’Brien explaining how to avoid complications associated with the Lap Band that YOU have total control over

Lap Band Surgery Cost (3)

How Much Does Lap Band Surgery Cost?

There are many factors that come into play with each individual procedure, which varies the Gastric Banding Procedure costs. The majority of Gastric Banding Procedures in Australia are covered under private health insurance.
 All the final costs of your personal Gastric Banding Procedure will depend on the costs associated with:

  1. The surgeon and assistant surgeon who carry out your procedure
  2. The anesthetist
  3. The hospital where the Gastric Banding Procedure is carried out
  4. Post-procedural medication (i.e. pain relievers, etc.) purchased from a pharmacy.
  5. Your surgeon will establish the final Gastric Banding Procedure costs with you.



If you have appropriate private health insurance, you could be covered for Lap Band Surgery. There will usually be a ‘gap’. This is the amount that is not covered by your fund and is your out-of-pocket cost.

The out-of-pocket expense for those with private health insurance is typically between $3,000 and $5,000. Generally, your clinic fee will cover all aspects related to your Gastric Banding Procedure, as well as all associated aftercare and support. Check with your clinic to determine if your costs include:

  1. Surgeon, anesthetist and assistant surgeon
  2. Band check-ups
  3. Band adjustments
  4. Support such as:
  5. Psychologist consultations
  6. Dietician and nutritionist consultations.

Check your private health insurance to ensure your Gastric Banding Procedureis covered.
 Most levels of private health insurance cover weight-loss procedures, but some of the more basic levels of cover may not. There may also be a waiting period, especially if you have recently joined a health fund. To check your coverage with your insurer, you can give them the Medicare Gastric Banding item number 30511. For a more detailed and comprehensive explanation of the estimated out-of-pockets, contact your local clinic, as costs can differ from clinic to clinic.


The Gastric Banding Procedure is not covered by Medicare Australia. If you do not have private health insurance, you can still undergo the Gastric Banding Procedure by having the procedure performed as a self-insured private patient. Alternatively, there are other Gastric Band financing and payment options you can consider:

  • Early release of superannuation
    In certain circumstances, you may be able to access your superannuation funds early to cover the costs of your Gastric Banding Procedure. Consult your financial advisor or accountant to see if this is right for you. You will need to check with your superannuation fund to see if this is possible and apply to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). More details can be found on www.apra.gov.au.
  • Medical expenses tax offset

    You may be able to claim a significant rebate from your procedure through your tax return. You can claim a tax offset of 20% – 20 cents in the dollar – of your net medical expenses over $1,500. There is no maximum limit on the amount you can claim and it is not means or assets tested. Check with your financial advisor or accountant if this is appropriate for you. For details visit the
 Australian Taxation Office website.
  • Third-party medical finance
    There are several options available for Gastric Banding Procedurefinance, using providers that allow your fees to be repaid through regular instalments. Interest and other fees are charged. Speak to your accountant or financial advisor to see if this is an option for you.