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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery)

The laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure (called "Lap Band Surgery") is a purely restrictive surgical procedure in which a band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach.

This band divides the stomach into two portions: one small and one larger portion. Since the stomach is divided into smaller parts, most patients feel full faster. As the name indicates, the band is adjustable. So if the rate of weight loss is not acceptable, the band can be adjusted. Food digestion happens through normal digestion.

Advantages of Lap Band Surgery

  • A 2004 meta-analysis of more than 22,000 patients showed that those who underwent a bariatric surgical procedure experienced complete resolution or improvement of their co-morbid conditions including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea
  • 47.9% of type 2 diabetes cases were resolved
  • Significant improvements in overall cholesterol occurred, including a boost in HDL levels
  • 70.8% of hypertension cases were resolved or improved
  • Patients lost roughly 47% of their excess weight
  • The amount of food that could be consumed at a meal was restricted
  • Food passed through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be absorbed fully by the body
  • In studies involving more than 3,000 patients, excess weight loss ranged from 28% to 87%, with a minimum of two-year postoperative follow-up
  • Band can be adjusted to increase or decrease restriction via an access port
  • Surgery can be reversed

 Risks and Disadvantages of Lap Band Surgery

  • The access port may leak or twist, which can require an operation to correct the problem
  • Surgery may not provide the necessary feeling of satisfaction that one has had enough to eat
  • Dumping syndrome, which may provide important warning signs, does not occur
  • Band may erode into the stomach wall
  • Band may move or slip
  • Weight loss is slower than that following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery
  • The procedure could result in death

If you are interested in weight loss surgery and its role in changing your life, please call (585) 922-LINK (5465) to register for one of our free informational seminars