Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, widely known as Lap-Band surgery, is a type of minimally invasive weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) that involves placing a band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the size of stomach and to limit the capacity of food intake.
The lap band surgery is performed using small surgical incisions (portals) and long shafted narrow instruments. The surgery involves placement of an inflatable silicone band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold only a small amount of food.
Lap-Band surgery is recommended for obese patients only after non-surgical options such as lifestyle modifications and weight loss medication are unsuccessful in reducing weight loss.
Advantages of Lap band surgery over other weight loss surgeries include:
Lap band surgery results in improved weight loss and obesity related health issues. With lap band surgery, patients can expect a gradual but steady weight loss. Your obesity surgeon can adjust the band if the rate of weight loss is not acceptable or if you have problems with the band.