An Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery: Adjustable Laparoscopic Bands
The gastric banding procedure is a safe, effective and well-established surgical option for severely obese patients. These adjustable bands are implanted around a patient’s stomach, creating a small stomach pouch. The band is surgically placed through a small incision and fitted around the upper stomach. It is then inflated using saline and can be tightened or loosened, as necessary. This creates a small pouch, limiting food intake and creating an earlier sense of fullness. Over time the band can be adjusted to help control hunger and appetite. Individuals with the band feel full on a smaller amount of food, leading to caloric restriction and weight loss.
Benefits of the lap-band surgery
- Minimally Invasive: Considered safer and less invasive than other bariatric procedures such as the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. The band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach through small incisions with the aid of a camera. There is no stomach stapling, cutting or intestinal re-routing.
- Adjustable: Lap-band surgery allows you and your surgeon to find the right level of restriction and the right rate of weight loss for you. Whether it's five months or five years after surgery, your band can be adjusted.
- Reversible: Although uncommon, the band can be removed at any time. The stomach will generally be restored to normal and the digestive tract should function normally.
- Same Day Surgery: Completed on an outpatient basis, the majority of gastric banding patients are home within a few hours of the procedure.
- Quicker Recovery: Compared with other surgical weight loss procedures, individuals who receive a band have less surgical trauma, fewer complications, less pain and less scarring. Depending on the type of work you do, the average recovery time is one week or less.
Expected weight loss with adjustable laparoscopic bands
On average, patients lose one-two pounds per week with gastric banding. Individual results may vary depending on your willingness to "work with the band," which includes increasing physical activity and changing eating habits and behaviors.
Gradual weight loss is most desirable. Losing weight too quickly creates a health risk and can lead to a number of problems including loss of lean body mass necessary for metabolism and optimal health. The main goal is to have weight loss that prevents, improves or resolves health problems associated with severe obesity.