What is the LAP BAND® System?
The LAP BAND® System (INAMED Health, Santa Barbara, CA) is the safest, least invasive and only adjustable surgical weight-loss treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. Otherwise called bariatric surgery, the treatment induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach thereby restricting the amount of food that can be consumed at one time.
Safest and Least Invasive Weight-Loss Surgery
Like a wrist-watch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the LAP BAND Surgery system, it is considered the least traumatic obesity surgery. The surgeon makes several tiny incisions and uses long, slender instruments to implant the device. By avoiding the large incision of open surgery, patients generally experience less pain and scarring. Mortality risk with the LAPBAND® System is also significantly lower than with other obesity surgery procedures*, as is the risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with the gastric bypass. In addition, the hospital stay after LAP BAND surgery is shortened to less than 24 hours, including overnight hospitalization. Patients can typically resume normal activities within one week, which is much quicker than with other surgical alternatives.
The LAPBAND® System is an adjustable silicone band with an inflatable inner surface. It is connected to an access port below the skin surface by thin, kink-resistant silicone tubing. The port allows the surgeon to adjust the size of the LAPBAND® System to meet individual patient weight loss needs by adding or removing saline to inflate or deflate the band. This impacts the amount and consumption rate of food. Adjustments to the band, which are performed during simple outpatient visits, are determined by the patient’s weight loss, the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten, the exercise regimen and other issues surrounding the patient’s health. The amount of fluid already in the patient’s band is another consideration.
Because no permanent changes are made to the body’s physiology, the LapBand procedure can essentially be reversed. If necessary, the bariatric surgeon can remove all of the system components from the body with no damage to the digestive organs. The stomach will generally return to its original form and capacity once the band is removed.
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