Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery
Lap-Band® adjustable gastric banding is the least invasive form of weight loss surgery. It is less likely to cause nutritional problems. Gastric banding usually results in slower weight loss in the first year compared to gastric bypass surgery, but can result in a higher weight loss overall.
This procedure is done laparoscopically by making small incisions and using small instruments and a camera to guide the surgery (laparoscopic approach). The adjustable gastric band restricts the amount of food your stomach can hold by placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. This restricts or limits the amount of food you can eat at one time.
As a preferred Lap-Band® provider, we are committed to your long term success post surgery. We have a comprehensive team that includes our surgeons, nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, clinical psychotherapists and certified bariatric nurses in our office to coach and support you during your journey to better health. Our most successful patients are those that follow the program, keep their post-operative appointments and attend our monthly support group meetings.
- Lower operative risk than gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy
- Minimal risk of nutritional deficiencies
- No stapling, cutting or intestinal rerouting
- Regular follow-up critical for success
- Reversible if necessary for medical reasons
- Slower initial weight loss
- Requires an implantable device
- Band can slip or erode
- Access port can leak and require surgery or replacement of the band
Improvements in Health
Many obesity-related health problems improve or even disappear after adjustable gastric banding surgery. The most common are high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea and diabetes.
After adjustable gastric banding surgery, people typically stay in the hospital overnight and return to normal activity within one to two weeks.
Following recovery, certain lifestyle changes and follow-up care occur; people who have gastric banding surgery must:
- Exercise regularly
- Learn behavior modification techniques.
On average, patients lose 50 - 60 percent of their excess weight in one to two years.