The Lap Band also known as a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure is a common procedure performed for patients suffering from obesity and wanting to lose weight. An adjustable gastric band procedure involves placing an adjustable and inflatable silicone prosthetic device such as a LapBand made by Allergan or the Realize Band made by Johnson & Johnson around the upper portion of the stomach and the lower part of the esophageal junction. By doing this, the Lap Band effectively decreases the amount of food that can be ingested at one time creating a sense of satiety or fullness.
The Lap Band procedure itself takes approximately 30 minutes to two hours to perform. One of the primary benefits of the Lap Band procedure is it is entirely reversible unlike other gastric procedures performed today.
Lap Band Benefits
- Lower Mortality Rates
- No Cutting or Stapling of the Stomach
- Shorter Hospital Stays
- Quick Recovery
- Fully Adjustable
- No Malabsorption Issues
An adjustable gastric band procedure such as the Lap-Band is designed for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.
Patients with a BMI of 30-40 may be candidates if they have co-morbid conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. Any two of these co-morbid conditions is called metabolic syndrome.
Lap Band patients can on average lose up to 40-60% of their excess weight. However, these results vary from patient to patient. Typically, patients who undergo a Lap Band procedure lose less weight over the first 3.5 years than those who have gastric bypass or gastric sleeve procedures.
Although other methods appear to result in greater weight loss than adjustable gastric banding in the short term, studies suggest that this difference decreases significantly over time. It is important to note that, to maintain their weight reduction, patients must carefully follow post-operative guidelines relating to diet, exercise, and band maintenance.
A Lap Band procedure helps assists you to eat less to lose weight. The Lap-Band can significantly change your lifestyle. Leading to a healthy life which includes physical activity, emotional and spiritual growth and a good diet will improve not only you emotionally, but will give rise to a slender new you!
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