Laparoscopic gastric banding or LAP-BAND surgery leads to weight loss by placing an adjustable band around the stomach that essentially creates a small stomach pouch. As you eat, food will fill the small stomach pouch quickly, making you fill full much sooner and reducing the amount of food you eat. This procedure also increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty, making you feel full longer and reducing the sensation of hunger. The band can be adjusted (made tighter / smaller) by filling it with saline through a port located just underneath the skin. The concept is to create the sensation of “fullness” after only a very small meal.
Dr. Josh Roller, Dr. Yong Kwon, and Dr. Jaime Dutton perform the LAP-BAND procedure laparoscopically, and it is the least invasive of all the surgical weight loss procedures because it does not require division or removal of any part of the stomach or intestines. The LAP-BAND device consists of a band, connection tubing, and a plastic access port. As the band is filled with saline, the balloon expands and the stomach outlet gets smaller, making it harder for food to pass. After placement of the band around the top of the stomach, the band tubing is connected to a small plastic access port, which is placed under the skin. The access port is used to add or remove fluid from the band.
Expected Weight Loss
30-50% of your excess weight
Weight loss for gastric banding patients is generally less and much slower than for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients. On average, 30-50%* of a patient’s excess weight will be lost. Follow-up clinic appointments for LAP-BAND adjustments and evaluations are extremely important for weight loss success and are generally monthly during the 1st year. Dedication to exercise, behavior modification, and proper food choices are absolutely necessary to help achieve optimal results. To learn more about LAP-BAND and the other weight-loss surgeries offered at Roller Weight Loss, we invite you to attend our free seminar.
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*Results may vary from person to person.