The lap band procedure, also known as gastric band surgery, is one of the
options for bariatric surgery your doctor may discuss with you. This procedure
is ideal for some patients because, unlike gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy,
it doesn’t involve the removal of any part of the stomach. If you’re
considering this kind of
weight loss surgery, there is a good chance you have several questions. Here are the answers
to some of the concerns patients usually have about this procedure.
How Does the Lap Band Work?
lap band restricts the amount you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach.
However, instead of removing a portion of your stomach, the surgeon places
the band tightly around part of your stomach to create a small pouch for
food. Because the lap band is less invasive than other types of bariatric
surgery, patients usually only need an overnight stay in the hospital.
Some patients can leave the same day of their procedures.
What Kind of Weight Loss Should I Expect?
Weight loss with gastric banding is usually slower than weight loss with
other types of surgery. Most patients lose about one to two pounds per
week. It is important to control your portion sizes and the types of foods
you eat after surgery to increase your weight loss success. No foods are
off limit after the lap band procedure, unlike with other bariatric procedures,
but choosing high-calorie foods that are low in nutrition will compromise
your weight loss efforts.
When Does the Lap Band Need to Be Adjusted?
If you are not as losing much weight as you had hoped, or if you are losing
weight too rapidly, your surgeon may adjust your lap band to make your
stomach pouch larger or smaller. Adjustments are fast and usually performed
in your surgeon’s office using a small needle that is inserted via
an access port created during your initial surgery. Your band can be adjusted
as many times as needed.
Is lap band surgery right for you? Schedule a consultation at
The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute to find out more about weight loss surgery in Atlantis. For a referral
or additional information about adjustable gastric band surgery, call