Lap-Band Surgery - Los Angeles
What is it?
For patients looking for a minimally invasive weight loss surgery with no cutting to the stomach, Lap-Band surgery is an effective solution. By using an adjustable gastric band, this procedure reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing feelings of satiety and reducing caloric intake.
Unlike some other types of weight loss surgeries, Lap-Band surgery does not affect the absorption of nutrients. Instead, it simply restricts the amount of food that you consume. The band may be adjusted or removed at any time, allowing for reversal once you achieve your weight loss goals.
How does Lap-Band surgery work?
During Lap-Band surgery, thin, long tubes called laparoscopes are inserted through very small incisions in the abdomen and placed around the upper portion of the stomach. The band is then filled with a saline solution to taper down the upper portion of the stomach.
Lap-Band surgery does not affect the makeup of the stomach or intestines at all and has a swift recovery period. Generally, patients are discharged on the same day of the surgery, making Lap-Band surgery one of the least invasive surgeries.
After Lap-Band surgery
Because the stomach size is drastically restricted, eating smaller portions of food is vital to avoid nausea or vomiting. Eat food slowly, and always stop eating when you feel full.
To maintain the effects of weight loss from Lap-Band surgery, follow a proper diet and exercise. If you neglect to adopt healthier lifestyle choices after surgery, you may regain the weight. It’s important to view Lap-Band surgery, like all bariatric surgeries, as part of a lifestyle shift, not a quick-fix surgery.
As is the case with any bariatric surgery, your success depends on how well you take care of yourself afterward. Patients who make healthy food choices and maintain an active lifestyle can expect to lose – and keep off – a significant amount of weight after Lap-Band surgery.
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Lap-Band surgery is a popular choice for patients who have struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. It has the lowest rate of complications among bariatric surgery and can be reversed whenever the patient wants. You may be a candidate for Lap-Band surgery if you:
- Are between the ages of 18 and 60
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 OR
- Have a BMI of 30 or above and have health problems such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea or diabetes
- Do not have digestive problems caused by disorders such as Crohn’s disease, advanced heart or lung disease, portal hypertension, pancreatitis or a general history of autoimmune connective tissue disease
- Are committed to making healthy lifestyle changes related to exercise and nutrition