Lap Band Gastric Banding

Lap Band gastric banding weight loss surgery is frequently the preferred surgery for obesity issues. It offers numerous advantages including more steady weight loss, less healing time, less pain after the surgery and patients are able to resume normal activities more quickly.

By and large there are three types of weight loss surgery ; the Lap-Band gastric banding is the newest and least invasive of the three. Prior to performing this surgery, a doctor will cautiously assess your case, looking into your health history, body weight and body mass index and your willingness to take control of your life.


After it has been determined that you are a good candidate for this type of weight loss surgery, your doctor will carefully go over the surgery guidelines and expectations. Those who have the Lap-Band weight loss surgery have to develop a dedication to change not only their food intake, but also must be willing to undergo behavior modification and an exercise regimen.

The doctor will also explain how the Lap-Band surgery is performed and what you should expect when recovering from this surgery. The doctor will also discuss with you other specialists you will need to see including a dietitian, a therapist, a psychologist and other medical specialist.

Lap Band Procedure

When it is time for your gastric lap-band weight loss surgery, the day before your surgery you will be admitted to the hospital. This is so that the doctors and nurses can asses your health and ensure no foods are eaten before the surgery is performed. You will be given general anesthesia before the surgery begins. Most Lap-Band surgeries are performed laparoscopically, meaning that the incisions are smaller and the surgeon uses a small camera to guide the surgery. This is preferred method of surgery for both doctors and patients because it is less painful and the healing time is much faster than with an open procedure. In addition, there are less wound complications when the Lap-Band surgery is performed this way.

An adjustable silicone band is placed around the top part of the stomach during the weight loss surgery. The band is hollow and will later be filled with saline. This band creates a small upper pouch that serves as the new stomach. Because the pouch is much smaller, you will not be able to eat more than a couple of ounces at a time.

Losing the Weight

The reduced calorie intake leads to the weight loss. After the band is in place, is it connected to a tube to an access port placed beneath the skin during surgery. This is the area where the doctor will add or reduce the saline to the ring. If the band is too loose, the weight will not be lost as fast. The doctor can then adjust the ring accordingly. If weight loss is too fast, the doctor will take some of the saline out of the ring. This is a feature unique to the Lap-Band and adding or taking out saline is a normal part of the Lap-Band weight loss surgery.

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