The benefits of using the stomach band to lose weight
The stomach band, also known as laparoscopic surgery or lap band surgery, is one of the most common types of gastric surgeries performed in the United States. The lap band is the only FDA-approved device for bariatric surgery in patients with a BMI greater than 35, or for patients with a BMI of more than 30 who have one or more obesity-related comorbidities.
How does the stomach band work?
The first bariatric surgery approved for obese patients, stomach band surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed through keyhole incisions (one to five small surgical cuts in the abdomen) using a laparoscope with a camera.
During the surgery, a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the patient’s stomach to decrease its size. The surgeon can access a tube attached to the band through a port under the skin of the patient’s abdomen. The bariatric surgeon injects saline solution through this port to inflate the band. Adjustments can be made to change the degree of constriction around the stomach.
The band creates a small pouch on top of the stomach, while the rest of the stomach sits below the pouch. The band is designed to constrict the stomach so that the patient feels fuller after eating less food than they are used to eating. This causes the patient to consume fewer calories following surgery, which aids weight loss.
The benefits of the stomach band
There are numerous benefits to using the stomach band to lose weight, including:
- Safety: Stomach band surgery has a low risk of complications.
- Completely reversible: Since the surgery does not alter the anatomy of the stomach in any way, the procedure is fully reversible and the band can be removed.
- Adjustable: The band can be tightened or loosened in response to any eating issues the patient may have after surgery or if the patient isn’t losing enough weight.
- Few scars: The procedure leaves minimal scarring.
- Quick recovery period: The procedure itself only takes about 30-45 minutes, and most patients are able to return to work a week after having the surgery (although this may vary depending on the job).
- High success rate: While individual results vary, for many people this surgery results in a 50-60 percent loss of excessive weight, with the majority of weight loss occurring in the first year after surgery.
- Effective: The stomach band has a high potential for substantial, long-term weight loss for obese individuals. Nonsurgical treatments for severely obese individuals, on the other hand, are rarely successful in the long term.
- Improves health: This surgery has the potential to significantly improve (or completely get rid) of obesity-related illnesses such as sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, asthma and GERD.
If you would like more information about the stomach band in Dallas or would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for stomach band surgery, sign up for a free informational consultation today. Nobilis Health is committed to helping you get on the right path toward a healthy lifestyle.