Lap band Surgery and Laparoscopic Lap Band

Gastric Band Surgery, also known as lap band surgery, or Adjustable Gastric Banding is strictly a restrictive type of surgery. In this procedure an inflatable silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. This new tiny pouch limits the amount of food consumed.

The band also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the the stomach and intestines causing a feeling of fullness with far less food. The band is connected through tubing to an access port placed just under the skin. Thus the Lap Band is adjustable by inflating and deflating the inner surface with a saline solution using a fine needle. The more saline injected into the band the smaller the opening becomes and the slower food empties from the pouch. And vice versa. Monthly band adjustments are required the first 6-12 months after surgery. However these adjustments are based on each individual patient.

There is no cutting or stapling of the stomach, however the band, tubing and port are left inside your body. The lapband surgery is usually performed laporascopically by an experienced surgeon. Laparoscopic surgery simply means that the surgeon uses small incisions to insert a tiny camera and specialized surgical tools to perform the surgery. This generally is a safer procedure with a much quicker recovery time then general open surgery.

It should be noted that the Lap Band is actually a registered trademark for the gastric band developed and marketed by Allergan Inc. It has been around for several years and agressively marketed to the public. There by gastric banding surgery is often referred to as lap band surgery. Another popular gastric band is the Realize band, developed and marketed by Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc.

This type of weight loss surgery was originally aproved by the FDA in 2001 for obese adults with a body mass index of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35 or more with at least one or more significant weight related co-morbidities such as sleep apnea ,diabetes,or hypertension.... Last year in February, 2011 the FDA changed their guidelines and approved the Lap Band for obese patients with a BMI as low as 30 with one or more weight related health conditions. This drop in BMI restriction will help many many more people obtain approval for Lap Band surgery.

Advantages Disadvantages
Least Invasive Frequent Follow Up Visits
ReversibleBand Slippage or Erosion
Lowest Malnutrition RiskOn average, less than 40% excess weight loss after 3yrs

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