Adjustable Gastric Banding, or Lap Band, is the least invasive of the bariatric procedures and is designed to help you achieve substantial weight loss. The term Lap Band refers to the laparoscopic technique used in the surgery and the gastric band.
This innovative procedure is unique in that it limits how much food a patient can consume without permanently altering the size of the stomach. On average, patients report that they lose between 35-65% of their excess body weight following the surgery.
During a Lap Band procedure, Dr. Arellano positions an adjustable band around the upper portion of the stomach. The band constricts the stomach to limit the amount of food the upper stomach can hold. Since the band is filled with saline, it provides greater flexibility for adjustment and slows down the digestion process to help patients feel full faster and stay full longer.
Adjustable gastric banding will help reduce a patient’s appetite and limit how much food can be consumed, leading to weight loss over time. The procedure itself will not produce permanent weight loss results. However, patients who are committed to making the needed diet and lifestyle changes following the surgery can experience significant and lasting results.