LAP-BAND® surgery or adjustable gastric banding surgery makes the size of your stomach smaller without removing a piece of it. It is a safe procedure to help you lose weight and keep it off.
Surgeons at Banner Health insert an open band around the top part of your stomach to divide it into two parts. The smaller part of your stomach, also known as the pouch, will hold your food and make you feel full quicker while the larger part of the stomach will continue to help with digestion.
The LAP-BAND® is designed to stay in place for life to help you maintain your weight loss over time. If over time your band needs an adjustment, your weight loss doctor at Banner Health will add or remove salt water through a port, that is located by your abdomen, to tighten or loosen the band.
Weight loss is just one of the advantages of LAP-BAND® surgery. Other benefits include:
As with any surgery or anesthesia, you should know there are risks and complications:
After your LAP-BAND® surgery at Banner Health, you can continue to lose or maintain your weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. You’ll also follow-up with your doctor at Banner Health Weight Loss Centers for guidance and can attend our free support groups both before and after your surgery.
We also recommend avoiding smoking. It will put you at high risk for infection, blood clots, slow healing and other life-threatening complications.