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Laparoscopic LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery


Gastric Banding Surgery

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This restrictive surgery reduces the size of your stomach without cutting it.

During your surgery, the surgeon will insert an open band around the top part of your stomach, then click it shut when it is in place. This band now divides your stomach into two (2) parts:

  • The pouch, smaller part, will hold your food and make you feel full quickly.
  • The rest of the stomach will still secrete digestive juices that aid digestion.
  • The tube attached to the band leads to a “port” that lies flat against the muscle wall, below the fat and skin of your abdomen. Later, your doctor will use this port for follow-up adjustments to the band:
  • To tighten your band, your doctor will add salt water (saline) through the port.
  • To loosen your band, the doctor can draw saline out of the band through the port.

The LAP-BAND® is designed to stay in place for life to help you maintain your weight loss over time.


  • The LAP-BAND® System is the least invasive and only adjustable obesity surgery option in the U.S.
  • If you have a hiatal hernia, your surgeon can correct this at the same time you have your gastric band surgery.
  • It does not involve dividing, moving or stapling internal organs, so it is less likely to bleed or leak.
  • Because it is a less complicated surgery than gastric bypass, you will probably spend less time under general anesthesia, in the operating room and in the hospital.
  • You’ll have less pain and shorter recovery time, and you’ll be able to return to work more quickly.
  • The LAP-BAND® is designed to stay in place for life, but in case of illness or in the early stages of pregnancy, your doctor can remove saline from the band, which will loosen the band.
  • Because all of your digestive organs stay intact, your body still absorbs all the nutrients in your food.


  • Anytime you have anesthesia or surgery, there is a risk of blood clots, other complications or death.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking would put you at high risk for infection, blood clots, slow healing and other life-threatening complications.
  • It is extremely rare but possible that your body could reject or react to LAP-BAND® as a foreign object. 
  • The band may slip or erode into the stomach.
  • The smaller portion of the stomach may stretch.
  • You may not feel satisfied that you have had enough to eat.
  • Some foods may cause nausea and vomiting.
  • Some types of food can block the outlet from the top to the bottom of the stomach.
  • An infection can form around the band or at the port.
  • Problems with the band or port may require another operation.
  • The stomach can lose its blood supply if the band slips.
  • Bleeding or blood clots can form after surgery.
  • Gastric surgery puts you at higher than normal risk of developing gallstones and gallbladder disease.
  • You will not lose weight or maintain your weight loss unless you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. This is the reason we stress long-term follow-up with our center and your doctor.


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