LAP-BAND® Surgery

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.

What LAP-BAND® Surgery Involves

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.

Advantages of Lap-Band Surgery

Weight loss is just one of the advantages of LAP-BAND® surgery. Other benefits include:

  • It is the least invasive bariatric surgery.
  • It is the only adjustable obesity surgery option in the U.S.
  • It is less likely to bleed or leak because there is no dividing, moving or stapling internal organs.
  • It requires less time under general anesthesia, in the operating room and in the hospital.
  • There’s less pain and a shorter recovery time than with more invasive procedures.
  • Your body still absorbs all the nutrients in your food.
  • If you have a hiatal hernia, your surgeon can correct this at the same time you have your gastric band surgery.

Disadvantages of Lap-Band Surgery

As with any surgery or anesthesia, you should know there are risks and complications:

  • Gastric surgery puts you at higher than normal risk of developing gallstones and gallbladder disease.
  • Infection can form around the band or at the port.
  • It is extremely rare, but possible, your body could reject or react to LAP-BAND® as a foreign object.
  • Some foods may cause nausea and vomiting.
  • Some types of food can block the outlet from the top to the bottom of the stomach.
  • The smaller portion of the stomach may stretch.
  • The stomach can lose its blood supply if the band slips.
  • You may not feel satisfied you have had enough to eat.

After Lap-Band Surgery 

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.