The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding system is named for its laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgical technique and the implanted medical device, a gastric band. This adjustable band is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen, placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch or “new” stomach and then locked securely in a ring. To perform the surgery, the surgeon inserts a narrow camera through another incision in order to see the operation on a video monitor.
The adjustable gastric band has a balloon on the inside that can be filled with saline solution into an access port that is connected to the band by a tube. The port is placed under the skin in the wall of the abdomen. Inflation of the band reduces the opening (stoma) between the upper and lower part of the stomach, thus limiting food intake, prolonging the period of fullness and assisting with weight loss.
At the time of surgery, the band is left empty. After six weeks, the first adjustment may be made by adding saline to the band. Throughout the first year, two to three additional adjustments may be made to tighten or loosen the band to find its ‘sweet spot,’ where it is not too loose and not too tight. Each adjustment is done in the office and takes about 15 minutes. Periodic adjustments are continued as needed to allow the patient to lose weight gradually and then maintain the weight loss.
LAP-BAND® surgery allows patients to lose weight gradually and adapt physically and mentally to their dramatic weight loss and new lifestyle.
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