Lap Band Surgery – Lap Band
Lose 1–3 Pounds per Week with the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System
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Recent medical studies have shown that behavioral changes and dieting alone will not solve obesity. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System limits food intake which, in turn, prevents, improves, or resolves health problems connected with severe obesity.
Unlike gastric bypass, this minimally invasive surgical procedure involves no intestinal re-routing, cutting, or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel.
This laparoscopic procedure involves small incisions and minimal scarring, and the short-term mortality rate is ten times lower than gastric bypass.
How does the LAP-BAND® work?
The name “LAP-BAND” is derived from the minimally invasive surgical technique used – laparoscopy – and the silicone gastric band placed around the top of the upper part of the stomach. As opposed to the invasive gastric bypass surgery, there is no stapling, cutting, or intestinal re-routing, and there is no risk of “dumping syndrome,” the term used for the cramping that results when food passes through the digestive system too quickly. Instead, the LAP-BAND® System reduces the overall capacity of your stomach, increasing the time it takes for food to pass through the digestive system. Your body will get the nutrition it needs without the intense hunger you felt before.
What happens after the LAP-BAND® surgery?
The LAP-BAND® System, in conjunction with a new lifestyle and eating habits, will generally lead to weight losses of 1-3 pounds per week for the first 18 months following the procedure. Losing weight quicker than that is a health risk. Plastic surgery on excess skin will not be considered until such time as your plastic surgeon feels your skin has reached the proper elasticity.
Should an adjustment need to be made to the LAP-BAND®, this nearly painless outpatient procedure involves adding or subtracting saline via a fine needle through the skin into the access port. The access port is under the skin in the abdominal wall, but it generally does not cause discomfort or limit physical exercise, nor is it visible, even when that area of the abdomen is exposed.
The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System does not inhibit physical activity – including stretching, aerobics, or strenuous exercise – nor does it preclude an occasional glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage. There is a far lower risk of post-surgical nutritional deficiencies than with gastric bypass. Removing the LAP-BAND® is not recommended, but it is possible. The stomach will generally return to its original shape, possibly leading to weight gain.
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