What is LAP-BAND Surgery?
In this procedure, an adjustable silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a stomach pouch that can hold only small amounts of food. The lower, larger part of the stomach is located below the band. The outlet from the pouch is restricted by the band, which slows the emptying of the food and allows one to feel full sooner. Adjustment of the band is performed in the doctor's office by injecting fluid into a small "port," a device implanted beneath the abdominal skin.
- Least invasive surgical option; no intestinal re-routing; no cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel; reduced patient pain, hospital length-of-stay and recovery period
- Significantly lower mortality risk than other obesity surgery procedures
- Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass
- No "dumping syndrome" related to dietary intake restrictions
- 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
- 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