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Laparoscopic gastric banding is surgery to help with weight loss. The surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. The band limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food. After surgery, your surgeon can adjust the band to make food pass more slowly or quickly through your stomach.

What to Expect

You will receive general anesthesia before this surgery.

You will be asleep and unable to feel pain.

The surgery is done using a tiny camera that is placed in your belly. This type of surgery is called laparoscopy. The camera is called a laparoscope. It allows your surgeon to see inside your belly.

Your surgeon will make 1 to 5 small surgical cuts in your abdomen. Through these small cuts, the surgeon will place a camera and the instruments needed to perform the surgery.

Your surgeon will place a band around the upper part of your stomach to separate it from the lower part. This creates a small pouch that has a narrow opening that goes into the larger, lower part of your stomach.

The surgery does not involve any cutting or stapling inside your belly.

Your surgery may take only 30 to 60 minutes.

By creating a smaller gastric pouch, this limits the amount of food that the stomach will hold at any time. The inflatable ring controls the flow of food from this smaller pouch to the rest of the digestive tract.

You will feel comfortably full with a small amount of food. And because of the slow emptying, the patient will continue to feel full for several hours reducing the urge to eat between meals.

Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body.

Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur.

Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery.

Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and you can get back to you normal activities in about a week.

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Is Laparoscopic Banding Surgery For You?

It's crucial that you find a weight loss solution that is right for you. The LAP-BAND® weight loss program helps you to lose weight gradually and safely. To ensure that you can lose weight safely with the LAP-BAND® you must meet certain criteria.

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at least 40 kg/m² or you have a BMI of at least 30 kg/m² with one or more obesity related co-morbid conditions.

You are at least 18 years old.

A history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts.

Not currently suffering from any other disease that may have caused your excess weight.

You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.

You do not drink alcohol in excess.

You are not currently pregnant (patients who become pregnant after their gastric band placement may require adjustments or removal).

The procedure is minimally invasive because it's performed laparoscopically.

It doesn't require any permanent changes to your body, stapling, amputation, or rerouting of organs.

It has been shown that 65% of excess weight can be lost at one year. Most people lost 6 inches off their waist and hips.

Advantages of the LAP-BAND®:

  • Safest weight loss operation
  • Less invasive
  • Adjustable
  • Reversible
  • Complications are fewer and less severe
  • Vitamin needs are simple and vitamin deficiencies are rare
  • Avoids severe osteoporosis from calcium deficiency
  • Avoids unhealthy muscle wasting from protein deficiency
  • No “dumping syndrome”
  • No stretched out pouch causing weight regain
  • Can be adjusted during pregnancy for adequate calories and vitamins
  • Weight loss is healthier, slower and less likely to cause gallbladder problems
  • Outpatient in most cases

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