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Lapband Surgery

Lap-Band® Surgery

What is LAP-BAND surgery?

A bariatric surgeon inserts a thin, inflatable ring — or gastric band — to create a new, smaller stomach pouch.

How is LAP-BAND surgery performed?

A bariatric surgeon will perform this procedure laparoscopically, making several small abdominal incisions.

How will I lose weight?

The adjustable LAP-BAND regulates the flow of food between the upper and lower parts of the stomach so you feel full sooner.

Advantages of LAP-BAND

  • Least invasive surgical option
  • No intestinal rerouting; no cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel
  • Reduced patient pain, hospital length of stay and recovery time
  • Significantly lower mortality risk than other obesity surgery procedures
  • Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass
  • No risk of "dumping syndrome" typically associated with gastric bypass
  • Allows individualized degree of restriction for ideal, long-term weight loss
  • Adjustments performed without additional surgery
  • Supports pregnancy by allowing stomach outlet size to be opened for increased nutritional needs
  • Removable at any time; stomach generally restores to its original form

Disadvantages of LAP-BAND

  • Weight loss tends to be less than with gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedures
  • Insurance companies vary widely in the coverage they provide for this procedure
  • There is still the risk of postsurgical weight gain

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