Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery (LAP-BAND®) is regarded as a less invasive form of weight loss surgery. No cutting or stapling of the stomach is involved, and the procedure is reversible – with the stomach returning to normal size when the band is removed. The LAP-BAND® system received Food and Drug Administration approval in 2001 and was specifically designed for laparoscopic surgical use.
Patients who choose to have LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery will typically experience these benefits:
The success of the lap band weight loss procedure depends on how committed and motivated the patient is to adhering to the post-surgery dietary and exercise guidelines, which are key to achieving long-term weight loss.
*Improvement or complete resolution of medical problems is not guaranteed and they may recur if weight is regained.
LAP-BAND® surgery works by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold.
The procedure involves placing a silicone band around the top part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that fills quickly and gives the patient an early sense of fullness when eating.
The band contains a reservoir that may be adjusted through a port that is stitched beneath the skin to an upper-abdominal muscle layer. By adding or removing solution to/from the reservoir, the surgeon can increase or decrease the tightness of the band – regulating the amount of food that can be taken in. The surgeon’s ability to adjust the band’s tension helps ensure that desirable weight loss levels are achieved.
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