How does lap band surgery work?
Lap Band Surgery involves a minimally invasive procedure where an adjustable band is inserted into the abdomen. This band is made from medical grade silicon and it is safe, soft and durable.
The band works by reducing the amount of food that a person can consume at one time. In fact, it actually slows the transit of food through the stomach which helps to promote the feeling of fullness and prevents overeating. Your Doctor can adjust the restriction of the band at any time to obtain the optimal level. The result is the desired weight loss and an enhanced ability to keep it off.
The procedure is performed laparoscopically, also known as ‘keyhole’ surgery, meaning a much faster recovery time for our patients. The end to end procedure takes about 1 hour and it is performed under a general anaesthetic. Most people are up and about and drinking fluids within a couple of hours following the procedure. As a rule, we like to keep our patients in overnight for monitoring and observation but most are back to their regular activities within a few short days.
Patients considering this type of weight loss procedure should note that it may take much longer for them to adapt to the new eating behaviours that are key to the success of their lap band. Insertion of the band is just part of a much larger solution which involves changing the way you consume your food. For example, patients will need to learn to eat slowly and spend more time chewing.
With the lap band and a new approach to eating… on average, patients lose 56% of their excess weight and maintain this result for at least 3 years.
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