WHAT IS THE GASTRIC BAND?
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly referred to as the “LAP-BAND,” is a minimally invasive weight-loss procedure designed to restrict how much food the stomach can hold — without any stapling or cutting. An elastic silicone band placed around the upper portion of the stomach creates a small pouch, significantly decreasing the amount of food you need to feel full. With a LAP-BAND procedure, you will finally be able to cut your portion size without feeling hungry or deprived.
Because LAP-BAND makes you feel full faster and slows down the emptying of your stomach, you will soon notice that the band is not merely a procedure, but the start of a new lifestyle. This lifestyle will help you break out from the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting, making your life healthier and more fulfilling. Once the band is in place, you will finally feel in charge of what and how much you eat. The band puts you in control of portion size, allowing you to once more feel empowered and confident about your weight-loss goals.
At DayOne Health, we view the LAP-BAND as a tool to help make you healthy — with the byproduct of losing weight. Undergoing LAP-BAND surgery can lead to significant improvements in all health conditions related to your weight. By deciding to get a LAP-BAND, you are not only taking control of your eating habits, but ultimately, your overall health.
HOW DOES THE LAP-BAND DIFFER FROM OTHER WEIGHT-LOSS PROCEDURES?
The LAP-BAND is currently the safest weight-loss procedure available, as well as the only adjustable and reversible form of surgical weight loss. It’s also the only weight-loss procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis, and it offers the shortest average recovery time. While the LAP-BAND’s safety and ability to be reversed make it the most preferred option for significantly overweight patients, it’s the band’s adjustability that really makes it stand out from other weight-loss surgeries.
Unlike other weight-loss procedures, adjustable gastric banding gives you full control over your stomach’s restriction. In other words, whenever you feel your band is too tight or too loose, you can make an appointment and have it adjusted. During your appointment, your doctor can tighten the band by injecting saline solution through the port attached under the skin. Saline removal, on the other hand, will make the band looser and increase the size of your stomach pouch. You may find that you need a few adjustments before finding your band’s “sweet spot,” but once you get the right amount of fluid in your band, you will start losing extra pounds almost effortlessly adjusted.
HOW DOES THE LAP-BAND WORK?
✔ Limiting and controlling the amount of food that you can eat.
✔ Delaying emptying of the new “smaller” stomach into the intestines.
✔ Creating a sensation of fullness sooner and for a longer period of time, so that your overall hunger is decreased.
WHAT DOES LAP-BAND SURGERY ENTAIL?
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a few small incisions in your abdomen. Using a special camera and thin, long-shafted surgical instruments, the surgeon places an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. Finally, the band is secured in place with several sutures. The band squeezes the stomach like a belt or rubber band, creating a small pouch in the upper stomach. As a result, the banded stomach permits only a small amount of food to pass through.
At DayOne Health’s state-of-the art surgical facilities in Chicago, the procedure is safely performed on an outpatient basis with no required overnight hospital stay. The LAP-BAND placement procedure itself takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. After the band has been placed, you will spend about four hours in our recovery suite. Once you have received medical clearance to leave, you will walk out of our facility and continue recovering in the comfort of your own home. Recovery times may vary, but patients can generally return to work and normal activities within four to seven days.
WHAT CAN LAP-BAND PATIENTS EAT?
In the first few weeks after surgery, LAP-BAND system patients follow a steady progression from liquid to solid foods. This allows the stomach to heal after surgery. After you can tolerate solid foods, you will be able to eat most of the foods you love.
The difference with the band, as you will notice soon after your first adjustment, is that the amount food you can eat will a lot less than you are used to. Once your LAP-BAND is optimally adjusted, you will be able to eat about half a cup of food in one sitting. However, because the LAP-BAND is a purely restrictive procedure, it won’t influence the number of calories your body absorbs. In other words, in order to obtain optimal results, you should avoid foods rich in sugars and high in saturated fats. Our post-surgery support program includes nutritional counseling so that you can learn how to make food choices that will help you lose weight while making sure your body obtains all the necessary nutrients. For more information about your post-surgery diet, please visit our LAP-BAND nutrition page.
Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information
Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2with one or more obesity-related co-morbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
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