The LAP-BAND® system is the common brand name known for adjustable gastric banding. Lap band surgery is performed laparoscopically and is the least invasive weight loss surgery procedure. Lap Band surgery does not require re-routing of the intestine or interfere with the normal digestive process, making it the only reversible bariatric surgery. It does require the implantation of the gastric band device, a silicone band that is placed on the upper part of your stomach, creating a small, golf-ball-sized pouch. Your stomach will hold less food and the band slows down food motility through your stomach. Your appetite will decrease, you will feel fuller faster and you will eat less and still be satisfied.
With Lap Band surgery, weight loss is gradual. You will have a shorter hospital stay and recovery time with gastric band surgery compared to traditional gastric bypass surgery. Regular follow-up visits will be required to adjust the lap band and can be completed at the West Georgia Bariatrics office. This procedure is reversible and should not cause permanent changes to your gastrointestinal tract, making the risk of complications with the gastric band significantly less than with gastric bypass surgery.
Who are candidates for Lap Band Surgery?
Gastric banding is ideal for individuals who desire reversibility. Individuals with conditions such as gastric inflammatory diseases, heart or lung disease and anatomical abnormalities of the gastrointestinal components (esophagus, stomach, intestines) may not qualify for lap band surgery.
The gastric band procedure only takes about an hour to complete under general anesthesia. Since this surgery is laparoscopic, the surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen instead of one big incision, and insert the special video camera, the surgical instruments and the gastric band.
The gastric band is positioned around your stomach, locked and secured in place by sutures. A port is then attached to your abdominal wall. This is where the doctor will inject saline into the lap band device to adjust the restriction on your stomach to suit your specific weight loss needs. Saline is not usually injected until about 6 weeks after surgery to let your body heal and adjust to the device.
Not sure which surgery is right for you? Call Dr. Turton at WellStar Medical Group General Surgery & Bariatrics and schedule a consultation. Patients in Columbus, LaGrange, Newnan, and West Georgia can register for a Free In Person Seminar to learn more about bariatric surgery options including Lap Band Surgery, Gastric Sleeve Surgery and Gastric Bypass Surgery.