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LAP BAND SURGERY PROCEDURE, ADVANTAGES & RESULTS

About Lap Band Surgery

The Lap Band® surgery (also known as Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery) was approved by the FDA in June 2001. Prior to that, it was the number one weight loss operation being performed in Europe and Australia. Over 550,000 Lapbands® have been placed world-wide since 1993. Multiple long-term studies have shown average excess weight loss to be greater than 55% in the majority of patients. Current studies have shown the lap band to be a highly effective operation with the lowest risk.

Lap band surgery involves implanting an adjustable gastric band designed to help you lose weight, improve weight-related health conditions and enhance quality of life. It reduces the stomach capacity and restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. The Lapband is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface. This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food. The lap band also controls the stoma (stomach outlet) between the new upper pouch and the lower part of the stomach. When the stomach is smaller, you feel full faster, while the food moves more slowly between your upper and lower stomach as it is digested. As a result, you eat less and lose weight. Click here for an animated video on the lap band procedure.

What Happens During Lap Band Surgery

During the lap band procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (making tiny incisions rather than a large incision and inserting long-shafted instruments through “ports”), to wrap the lap band around the patient’s stomach. A narrow camera is passed through a port so the surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor. Like a wristwatch, the Lapband is fastened around the upper stomach to create the new stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. The band is then locked securely in a ring around the stomach.

Lap band can help get rid of visceral fatSince there is no stomach cutting, stapling, or gastrointestinal re-routing involved in the lap band procedure, it is considered the safest, least invasive, and least traumatic of all weight-loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also has the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay, and quicker recovery. If for any reason the Lapband device needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.

Once placed around the stomach, tubing connects the lap band to an access port fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen. This allows the surgeon to change the stoma size by adding or subtracting saline or salt water, inside the inner balloon through the access port. This adjustment process helps determine the rate of weight loss. If the band is too loose and weight loss is inadequate, adding more saline can reduce the size of the stoma to further restrict the amount of food that can move through it. If the band is too tight, the surgeon will remove some saline to loosen the band and reduce the amount of restriction. The diameter of the band can be modified to meet your individual needs, which can change as you lose weight. For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who aren’t experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.

The lap band procedure is the only adjustable weight-loss surgery available in the United States to help maintain restriction and keep the weight off long-term.

Advantages of Lap Band Surgery 

Minimal Trauma

  • Least invasive surgical option
  • No intestinal re-routing
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring
  • Reduced patient pain, length of hospital stay and recovery period

Fewer Surgical Risks and Side Effects

  • 10 times less operative and short-term mortality than gastric bypass1
  • Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass
  • Reduced risk of hair loss
  • No “dumping syndrome” related to dietary intake restrictions

Adjustable and Reversible

  • Allows individualized degree of restriction for ideal rate of weight-loss
  • Adjustments performed without additional surgery
  • Supports pregnancy by allowing stomach outlet size to be opened to accommodate increased nutritional needs
  • Only surgical option designed to help maintain long-term weight loss
  • Removable at any time
  • Stomach and other anatomy are generally restored to their original forms and functions

Effective Long-Term Weight Loss

  • More than 550,000 Lap band devices placed worldwide
  • Standard of care for hundreds of surgeons around the world
  • #1 selling adjustable gastric band for weight loss
  • Academic publications with up to 10 years of follow-up

Diet and Exercise After Weight Loss SurgeryAfter lap band procedure, diet and exercise are key to success

Weight loss gives you more energy, makes you feel better about yourself and motivates you to continue the changes that have made you successful. The success of any weight loss operation must begin with realistic goals; once established, your motivation will ultimately determine the amount of weight you lose. Weight loss surgery works with you, not by itself. It creates a situation where a small amount of food makes you full and less hungry, reducing the number of calories eaten in a day. If you take advantage of this situation, you will lose weight.

Exercise adds to this by increasing the number of calories burned. When you exercise, you build muscle, which increases your metabolic rate, which burns more calories. We strongly encourage the addition of exercise to weight loss surgery, as the combination of eating fewer calories and burning more calories is very powerful for successful weight loss.

There are patients who go through the trouble of having weight loss surgery and do not lose much weight because they expect the lap band surgery to do the work for them. Becoming a thinner person requires change. You must be more active and make wise food choices. An example is a patient who eats a large quantity of high-calorie liquids such as milkshakes or sugary sweets. Sugar is an unnecessary source of calories that you must burn off with exercise. We strongly recommend not eating sweets after weight loss surgery (unless it’s your birthday). Try sugar-free foods. Other patients sabotage their success by grazing or emotional eating -- eating small amounts of food throughout the day. After weight loss surgery, if you avoid sugar, high-calorie liquids and emotional grazing, you will increase your success rate. The best way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more.

 Northwest Weight Loss Surgery has developed a comprehensive after care program to better prepare you for the lifelong changes after surgery. We encourage you to attend our monthly support groups where we discuss many topics relating to the weight loss journey. For patient success stories click here.

Lap Band Results and Weight Loss

Most patients who've had lapband surgery found it to be the only thing that allowed them to keep the weight off long-term. We hear people say things like "weight loss surgery gave me my life back” and “I wish I would have done this sooner”. We have many successful patients, but it is incorrect to think that you do not have to put any effort into losing weight. Motivation is the key to losing weight. Your surgeon will educate you on your responsibilities as a weight loss surgery patient. These include new eating patterns and a new lifestyle. 

If you are ready to take an active part in reducing your weight, you may be ready for lap band surgery; call us today @ 866-350-2263 to find out! 

1. Executive summary: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for the treatment of obesity (Update and Re-appraisal). The Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures - Surgical (ASERNIPS) 2002; 1. (Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, like the LAGB® surgery, is associated with a mean short-term mortality rate of around 0.05% compared to 0.50% for Gastric Bypass and 0.31% for Vertical Banded Gastroplasty.)
Disclaimer:
As with any surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications associated with the LAGB® surgery. Talk to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for the LAGB procedure.
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How Can Northwest Weight Loss Surgery Help?

 
 

Northwest Weight Loss Surgery offers options for weight loss surgery; Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Band Surgery, Plication, Botox, Juvederm, Facial Peels and Medical Grade skin care products.  for Washington State, servicing the entire country including Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Spokane, and the Tri cities areas as well as Nationwide. We also offer weight loss surgery for patients from Canada and other countries outside of the U.S.A.

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