Lap Band (Also called gastric banding)
During gastric banding surgery, two devices are placed in the belly: an adjustable silicone band and an injection port.
The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. It molds the stomach into two connected chambers.
The injection port is attached to the belly wall, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band and is used to add or remove fluid (saline) when the silicone band is adjusted. Adding saline increases the band’s restriction, which helps you feel full sooner and with less food.
Gastric banding patients typically lose 47 percent of their excess weight.
Studies show gastric banding:
- Resolves type 2 diabetes in 47.8 percent of patients and often resolves the disease within days of surgery
- Resolves high blood pressure in 38.4 percent of patients
- Reduces high cholesterol in 78.3 percent of patients
Quality of Life
Bariatric surgery patients who experience significant weight loss also improve their:
- Overall quality of life
- Physical functioning and appearance
- Social and economic opportunities
Your health care team will tell you when you can return to work and begin normal activities.
- Gastric banding can help you feel satisfied sooner and with less food, but it won’t eliminate the desire to eat. You will need to follow your doctor's diet and exercise guidelines to achieve success
- Gastric banding requires more intensive follow-up care than most other weight loss surgeries, mostly because the band is adjustable. Keep in mind that even after reaching and maintaining your target weight, you may still need to see your health care provider for further adjustments