Your understanding of lap band surgery is critical to making a well-informed weight loss surgery decision. Our team specializes in LAP-BAND® surgery and considers this a minimally invasive and very safe weight loss procedure that is both adjustable and reversible.
A Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric (LAP) band is a small, flexible band (or belt) that is placed around the upper part of the stomach. When in place, the LAP-BAND® divides the stomach into a small upper portion and a larger lower portion connected by a narrow opening or stoma.
When a person with a LAP-BAND® eats, food first enters the upper stomach pouch (the stoma). Because of its size, the stomach pouch can only hold a small amount of food before the person begins to feel full.
The size of the stoma is controlled by the LAP-BAND® and can be adjusted during regular follow-up visits. By adjusting the size of the stoma, the rate that the small stomach pouch empties can be controlled. Once the food passes through the stoma, it continues through the rest of the digestive system normally.
The combination of the small stomach pouch and slower emptying results in the person being satisfied with much smaller, less frequent meals. Because less food is being eaten, the person loses weight.
One of the major advantages of the LAP-BAND® System is that the diameter of the band outlet is adjustable to meet the patient’s changing needs. The inner surface of the band can be inflated with liquid (saline solution) or deflated to modify the size of the stoma. The band is connected by tubing to a reservoir, which is placed well under the skin during surgery. After the operation, we can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the reservoir with a fine needle through the skin. The System is a unique surgical treatment because in many cases the size of the stoma can be customized to accommodate changing needs without further surgery.
The Advantages of the LAP-BAND® System
Approved for a wider audience:
The LAP-BAND® system is now the first and only FDA-approved device for bariatric surgery in patients with a BMI of 30-35 and one or more obesity related co-morbid conditions.
Of all the operations for severe obesity, the LAP-BAND® System method is considered to be the least traumatic. The operation can usually be performed laparoscopically (using small incisions) and requires no cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestines.
In most cases, no follow-up operation is necessary to modify the diameter of the stoma.
Avoids irreversible damage:
If the LAP-BAND® System needs to be removed for any reason, the stomach generally returns to its original form.
Reduced hospital stay:
Patients normally leave the hospital within four hours of the laparoscopic operation.
After the laparoscopic procedure, patients usually resume normal activities within a week or two.