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 co-morbid conditions.
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.
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