Laparoscopic gastric banding has been widely used in Europe and Australia since 1993. Since its 2001 United States Food and Drug Administration approval, the LAP-BAND® System has been the only laparoscopic banding procedure performed in the U.S.
How the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band Works
The device is made of a silicone elastomer that has been proven to be safe. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band is connected to an access port below the skin surface allowing the surgeon to adjust the size of the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band in order to meet individual patient weight loss needs. This impacts the amount and consumption rate of food. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food.
The goal rate of weight loss is 1-3 pounds per week. Adjustments to the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric 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 Least Traumatic of Weight Loss Surgeries
Since there is no cutting, stapling, or intestinal rerouting involved with the LAP-BAND® System procedure, it is considered the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. Five or six tiny incisions are made in order to implant the device.
By avoiding the large incision of open surgery, patients generally experience less pain and scarring. In addition, the hospital stay is shortened to usually less than 24 to 48 hours. Patients can typically resume normal activities within 1 week, which is quicker than with other surgical alternatives.
Because no permanent changes are made to the body, the procedure can essentially be reversed. If necessary, all of the LAP-BAND® System components can be removed from the body. The stomach will return to its original physiologic function once the LAP-BAND® System is removed.
LAP-BAND is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.