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Lapband - Type of Adjustable Gastric Banding

Stomach banding operation using silicone band to limit food intake
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Lapband®
Adjustable Gastric Banding

This restrictive type of bariatric surgical procedure, Lapband® or Adjustable Gastric Banding, is one of the most popular weight loss surgeries in America.

Uses Silicone Band to Create Gastric Pouch

During this procedure, the surgeon places a hollow silicone band [lapband®] around the upper end of the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch with a narrow passageway [stoma] into the larger lower part of the stomach.

Band Connected to Saline Reservoir

The band is then inflated with a salt solution, and remains connected by tube to a saline reservoir placed beneath the skin during surgery.

Reduces Appetite and Food Calorie Intake

The small size of the pouch limits the amount of food that the patient can eat at any one time, and it's narrow exit slows down stomach-emptying which keeps the patient feeling fuller for longer.

Fully Adjustable

During post-operative follow-up, a nurse can tighten or loosen the lapband® by controlling the amount of saline in the band. This is done by piercing the reservoir through the skin with a needle.

No Alteration of Stomach Anatomy

In addition, because the band is removable and does not permanently alter stomach anatomy, it provides an option for patients who may not otherwise consider surgery for treatment of their obesity. Other advantages include a shorter hospital stay and no effect on the absorption of nutrients.

Less Successful Than Gastric Bypass

Although thousands of patients have succeeded in losing weight after lap band surgery, this restrictive type of bariatric operation tends to produce less effective weight loss than more complex gastric bypass procedures, like biliopancreatic diversion, roux-en-y or fobi pouch.

See also:
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Lap Band Procedure
Lap-Band Benefits & Risks
Post-Operative Follow-Up
Gastric Banding
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (Band plus Staples)
Research into Vertical Banding
Research into Adjustable Gastric Banding

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Laparoscopic or open bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding or bypass is not an easy solution to morbid obesity and weight loss. It is a serious surgical procedure, involving health risks. To produce lasting weight loss it requires a long-term patient commitment to eating a healthy diet and following a regular program of physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also be necessary. So, before deciding, discuss your options fully with your doctor. © 2003-2017 Bariatric-Surgery.Info - Terms - Contact - Information - Resources