Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Band
In 2000, Inamed Corporation won FDA approval for the Lap-Band® System, an adjustable gastric band that is placed on the upper stomach in a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. The Lap-Band® System has proven to be very effective for the long term treatment of obesity in many studies that go back ten to fifteen years.
How is the Lap-Band® Surgery Performed?
In most cases, the procedure can be performed by an experienced bariatric surgeon in around forty minutes in an outpatient setting. The procedure involves the laparoscopic placement of an implantable adjustable gastric band and access port system under the skin, all done laparoscopically with five small incisions while the patient is under anesthesia. During laparoscopy, a small camera is inserted into the abdomen and the Band is carefully placed around the upper stomach. The Lap-Band® is made of a specially designed soft material and it acts like a snug, soft belt around the stomach. It serves to restrict the size of the stomach and patients feel full and satisfied after eating very small meals. Most patients do not require an overnight hospital stay. With experienced hands, serious complications are very rare, but in some cases, the band may need to be repositioned in the future.
The Lap-Band® is Adjustable:
After the Lap-Band® has been placed, patients follow up at regular intervals at Western Bariatric Institute for adjustments of the tightness of the band. In these simple office visits of ten minutes or so, a small amount of saline can be injected into the port under the skin to gently tighten the band and enhance the weight loss. For most patients, finding the appropriate tightness for their own personal band may take 3 – 4 fills and it is important for banding patients to work closely with the clinical staff of Western Bariatric Institute to find this spot.
Who is a Candidate for the Lap-Band®?
Western Bariatric Institute offers this procedure to patients who meet the criteria established by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Patients are considered candidates if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 and suffer from any health condition related to obesity or have a BMI over 40. Additionally, people with a BMI between 30-35 may be considered for surgery if their weight is affecting their lives and their health. To learn more, please register for one of our free informational seminars by either clicking [here] or by calling (877) 985-6771.