Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band®) surgery is one of the safest, most popular, and affordable medical weight loss procedures available. It was first developed on the 1980’s and has been used extensively in Europe, Australia and the United States as a primary tool in the fight against obesity.
The surgery is performed by placing a band around the uppermost part of the stomach, thereby limiting the amount of food one can eat at a time. The band is then adjusted in the office through simple techniques allowing the diameter of the band to increase or decrease there by limiting the volume of food you can ingest at one time.
Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band®) surgery does not involve any stomach stapling. The actual surgery only takes 30 minutes to an hour to perform and most patients are discharged home the same day. Recovery times vary, but patients generally return to work and normal activities within 4 to 7 days. Because the surgery uses laparoscopic techniques, patients experience less post-operative pain, recover quicker, and are to return to normal activities sooner in comparison to other forms of bariatric surgery. The Lap Band® procedure is reversible and adjustment of the band is done with a simple needle puncture.
After Lap-Band surgery our patients are placed on a specific diet which enables them to lose weight in a safe manner without compromising the healing process. Weight loss can be noticed in a matter of weeks or even days.