What is lap band surgery?

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in FAQ

Lap band surgery is a surgical weight loss solution which involves the insertion of an adjustable band into the abdomen. The procedure is performed laparoscopically, meaning that it is minimally invasive for the patient and they can generally expect to recover very quickly.

A series of small incisions, measuring ½ to 2½ cm in width, are used to insert and then position the band around the stomach. The Surgeon uses a tiny camera to guide their instruments and to ensure the band is installed correctly. A few holding stitches may be added to reduce the chance of slippage.

Performed under a general anaesthetic, the full procedure takes around 1-hour. In additional to the short recovery time, the other appealing feature of this surgical weight loss option is that the band can be adjusted and the procedure can be reversed as necessary. Your Bariatric Surgeon can change the level of restriction at any time or remove the device altogether if appropriate.

It should be noted that the long-term success of the procedure actually relies on the patient adopting new eating behaviours post-procedure. Smaller portions, chewed well and eaten slowly are the key.
With the lap band and new eating habits, an average patient will lose 56% of their excess weight and maintain this result for at least 3 years.

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