Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap Band) Procedure

Use of the Laparoscopic Gastric Banding procedure (Lap-Band®, Realize™ Band) limits the amount of food the stomach can hold (restriction) by Laparoscopic Gastric Banding. This surgery is done laparoscopically and is considered minimally invasive.

The band is considered a "tool" which helps you achieve sustained weight loss by limiting how much you can eat, reducing your appetite and slowing digestion. Patients report feeling full and satisfied after a small amount of food, and not feeling excessively hungry most of the time.

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly referred to as a 'a band', lap band or LAGB, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach to treat obesity.

  • The surgeon places an inflatable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach.
  • The surgeon makes a small tunnel behind the top of the stomach to guide the band through and wrap it around the upper part of the stomach.
  • The band is then locked in place and connected by tubing to an access port that is placed beneath the skin.
  • The band is adjustable and is filled with saline to create a new small stomach pouch above the larger part of the stomach. Adjustments of the band (or "fills") will start 6 weeks following surgery.

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