The LAP-BAND (Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band) System is indicated for use in weight reduction for obese patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35. It is the only FDA-approved device for bariatric surgery in patients with a BMI greater than 35, or patients with a BMI greater than 30 with one or more obesity related comorbid conditions. This was the FIRST bariatric surgery option approved for obese patients.
LAP-BAND Surgery in Dallas, TX: How it works
Using laparoscopic surgery, an adjustable ring is inserted around the upper portion of the stomach creating two pouches: a small top pouch where food initially is held, and the bottom larger pouch where food is digested.
Saline is then inserted into the port and the band tightens around the stomach to create restriction. This restriction makes you feel full sooner, and it controls the process of digestion leaving you satisfied longer as well. As you lose weight, the band will become slightly loose, making your check-ups vital to your success.
Advantages of the LAP-BAND System
The Procedure Is Reversible:
If ever necessary, the LAP-BAND can be easily removed, and the stomach returns to its normal size.
Of all the procedures for severe obesity, the LAP-BAND method is considered to be the least traumatic. The procedure can usually be performed laparoscopically (using small incisions) and requires no cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestines.
The band can be customized to meet your individual weight loss needs.
Safer, Gradual Weight Loss:
Normal weight loss is 1-3 pounds per week, providing a healthy timeline and allowing the body to adjust. This also helps retain skin elasticity, decreasing the need for plastic surgery.
Safe for Pregnancy:
Women can still become pregnant after the surgery, often finding that they’re more fertile than before the operation.
Reduced Hospital Stay and Faster Recovery:
Patients commonly leave the hospital the same day of surgery, and usually resume normal activities within two to three days from surgery.
Things You Should Consider:
- A liquid diet is required before and after the surgery to assist in the surgical and healing process.
- As with any surgery, complications may arise. This will be discussed with your surgeon during the surgical consultation.
- Keep in mind that this is a lifestyle choice you are making, not a quick fix.
It is important to remember that the LAP-BAND System is an aid to support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite and slowing digestion. However, for the ultimate success of the operation, it is very important that you play an active part in maintaining your ideal weight by adopting a different lifestyle and eating pattern for the rest of your life.
To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment at Dallas Bariatric Center for a free informational consultation today.