Lap-BAND surgery is sometimes referred to as adjustable gastric banding surgery. This type of surgery makes the stomach smaller by placing an open band around the top part of the stomach to divide it into two parts. The smaller part of the stomach, also known as the pouch, will hold food. Because it is smaller, patients can expect to feel fuller quicker. The larger portion of the stomach will continue to aid in digestion.
The Lap-BAND is designed to stay in place for life to help patients maintain weight loss over time. If an adjustment is needed on the band, your doctor will add or remove saltwater through a port that is located by the abdomen to tighten or loosen the band as necessary.
Here’s what you should know about Lap-BAND surgery:
After Lap-BAND surgery, patients will continue to lose weight and maintain weight loss in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.
Patients should follow-up with their doctor regularly following the procedure. Banner Health also offers free support groups for patients who want to attend before or after surgery.
We also recommend avoiding smoking, as it can put patients at a high risk for blood clots, infection and other life-threatening complications.
Weight loss is just one of the benefits of Lap-BAND surgery. Other benefits include:
However, as with any surgery, there are certain risks involved, such as:
If you’re interested in Lap-BAND surgery, talk to your doctor. Banner Health’s bariatric team of experts is here to help you on your weight loss journey.