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Lapband® Surgery

Lapband® Surgery

Gastric Band Surgery Procedure, Advantages & Results

Gastric Band

About Lapband® Surgery

Lapband® surgery involves implanting an adjustable gastric band designed to help you lose weight, improve weight-related health conditions and enhance quality of life. It reduces the stomach capacity and the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. The Lapband® is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface. This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can only hold a small amount of food and you feel full sooner. As a result, you will eat less and lose weight.

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The Minimally Invasive Procedure

During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (making tiny incisions rather than a large incision and inserting long-shafted instruments through “ports”), to wrap the lap band around the patient’s stomach. A narrow camera is passed through a port so the surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor. Like a wristwatch, the Lapband® is fastened around the upper stomach to create the new stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. The band is then locked securely in a ring around the stomach.  Since there is no stomach cutting, stapling, or gastrointestinal re-routing involved in the lap band procedure, it is considered the safest, least invasive, and least traumatic of all weight-loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also has the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay, and quicker recovery. If for any reason the Lapband® device needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.

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LapBand® Adjustments

To be successful, the LapBand® requires periodic adjustments. An adjustment involves increasing or decreasing the amount of liquid in the band to loosen or tighten it as needed. This is done in our office with a small injection into an access port fixed beneath the skin on your abdomen. Sometimes X-ray is used to fine-tune the adjustment. This adjustment process helps you manage your weight loss.

If the band is too loose and weight loss is inadequate, adding more saline can reduce the flow of food through the ban. If the band is too tight, saline will be removed to loosen the band.

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Advantages of Lapband® Surgery

Minimal Trauma

  • Least invasive surgical option
  • No intestinal re-routing
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestine
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring
  • Reduced pain, and shorter recovery 
  • No dumping syndrome
  • Out-patient procedure
  • Reversible procedure

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Motivation is the Key to Weight Loss

Most patients who've had Lapband® surgery found it to be the only thing that allowed them to keep the weight off long-term. We hear people say things like "weight loss surgery gave me my life back” and “I wish I would have done this sooner”. We have many successful patients, but it is incorrect to think that you do not have to put any effort into losing weight. Your surgeon will educate you on your responsibilities as a weight loss surgery patient. These include new eating patterns and a new lifestyle. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read through our list of FAQs here.


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