What is Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding?
This surgical procedure is a tool used to assist patients with losing weight and is placed during a minimally-invasive, laparoscopic procedure. The most common type of this surgery is known as the Lap-Band® system. The system shrinks a patient’s stomach volume, which in turn lessens the amount of food a patient is able to consume in a single meal. This makes patients to feel fuller faster and remain full for a greater duration of time. The system was created to help patients slowly lose weight over time and maintain the weight loss once it is achieved.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure is performed using the laparoscopic technique. Laparoscopic surgery utilizes a system of small cameras and instruments inserted through long, thin trochars to operate. This minimizes recovery time and only a few small incisions are required. Using the laparoscope to view inside the patient’s abdominal cavity, the surgeon places the band around the patient’s stomach. The LAP band surgery traditionally takes approximately one hour and patients can typically resume to their normal activities in about one week. Once the band has been placed, adjustments are made easily through the access port which is located just beneath the skin. By changing the levels of silicon in the band’s pouches, the doctor can either create more room in the stomach or shrink the size further down.
Eligibility for LAP Band Surgery
The procedure is best for people who:
- Have a BMI of 40 or higher or if it is 30 and you have an obesity-related concern
- Are at least 18 years-old
- Aren’t currently pregnant
- Will be prepared to make major lifestyle changes
- Don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol
- Have failed to lose weight through other methods
- Aren’t suffering from any type of condition which could have caused the weight gain
- Are in good overall health