Lap Band ™
Lap Band is a restrictive surgical procedure. During this procedure, two medical devices are implanted in the patient: a silicone band and an injection port. The silicone lap band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and molds the stomach into two connected chambers. The injection port is attached to the abdominal wall, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band with soft, thin tubing.
Your surgeon may tighten the lap band by injecting saline into the injection port.
As the saline is introduced to the injection port, it travels through the tube to the band. The addition of saline to the band creates a smaller opening between the stomach and the upper stomach pouch. This smaller opening pouch restricts the amount of food you can eat before feeling full. The Lap Band™ does not alter your digestive function. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the normal route. Approximately four to six weeks after surgery, you will visit your clinician and begin a series of periodic procedures to adjust your band. These adjustments may be necessary as long as you have your gastric band.
Advantages of Lap band
- Least invasive bariatric surgery
- No intestinal re-routing
- No stomach stapling or rerouting
- Lap Band is reversible
- Quick recovery
Disadvantages of Lap Band
- Complications may include band erosion, infection, or slippage
- Requires close follow up every 3-4 weeks after surgery for about a year and a half in order to adjust the band
- Slower weight loss compared to the gastric bypass or the gastric sleeve
What to Expect after Lap Band Surgery
The average hospital stay after Lap Band Procedure is 1 day. Most of our Lap Band procedure safe done on the outpatient hospital setting and go home within 24 hours.
As with other bariatric procedures you will start out on a liquid diet and then slowly transition back to solid foods.
Lap Band can help you feel satisfied sooner and with less food, but it won’t eliminate the desire to eat. You will need to follow your specific diet and exercise guidelines provided by your surgeon to achieve success.
Follow Up after Lap Band Surgery
Lap Band requires more intensive follow-up care than most other bariatric surgeries. This is mostly because the band is adjustable. Keep in mind that even after reaching and maintaining your success weight, you may still need to see your healthcare professional for further adjustments. The following are the visits after gastric band:
- 10 day post of visit during which incisions will be assessed, diet reviewed, questions answered and guidance given by Dr. Wizman or the Physician Assistant
- Every 3-4 weeks lap band fills done in the office
Learn about the lap band fills.
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