The adjustable gastric band, also known as LAP-BAND®, is a safe, effective weight loss surgery. It is the only weight loss procedure that is reversible and adjustable.
At the University of Maryland (UM) Center for Weight Management and Wellness, our surgeons have more than 15 years of experience in performing weight loss surgeries using the LAP-BAND.
What Happens during the LAP-BAND Procedure?
The LAP-BAND reduces the stomach’s capacity, limiting the amount of food you can eat, and helps reduce your appetite. The steps of the procedure include:
The surgeon implants an inflatable silicone ring (band) around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch.
The lower, larger part of the stomach is below the band. A small outlet (opening) created by the band connects the two parts of the stomach.
The surgeon connects the band by tubing to a reservoir (container), which is placed under the skin during surgery.
The surgeon injects sterile saline into the reservoir with a fine needle through the skin to adjust the size of the band outlet.
LAP-BAND surgery helps people lose weight because:
The small stomach pouch can hold only a small amount of food.
Food passes more slowly through the outlet from the pouch to the lower part of the stomach, and you will feel full longer.
As you lose weight over time, the surgeon can adjust the amount of saline in the band. Adding saline decreases the size of the outlet to further restrict the amount of food you can eat.
What are the Advantages of the LAP-BAND?
Advantages of the LAP-BAND include:
No cutting or suturing of the stomach or small intestine, which eliminates the risk of leaks or breakdowns
Lowest risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies because the food you eat follows the normal digestive path
Adjustable and reversible procedure
Improvement or resolution of obesity-related diseases similar to that of gastric bypass, about 96 percent
Less trauma to the body and shorter hospital stay than other types of bariatric surgery
What are the Benefits of Laparoscopic LAP-BAND Surgery?
Our surgeons use only the laparoscopic approach for LAP-BAND surgery because of its many advantages. The procedure enables surgeons to perform many of the same procedures as in traditional, open surgery. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include:
Less pain and reduced need for pain medication
Less risk of wound infection
Quicker recovery and return to daily activities
Several small incisions rather than a large one
Shorter hospital stays
Am I a Candidate for the LAP-BAND?
The LAP-BAND helps people who cannot lose a large amount of weight and maintain the loss through diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes. It can be a weight loss option for adults who are:
Learn more about our weight loss services whether you may be a good candidate for the LAP-BAND.
Our Options for Weight Loss Treatment
Learn more about our other weight loss surgeries and treatments:
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This page was last updated: July 23, 2015