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LAP-BAND® System Overview


Approved by the FDA in June 2001, LAP-BAND® System is the safest, least invasive and only adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. It induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. Since its clinical introduction in 1993, almost 150,000 LAP-BAND® procedures have been performed around the world and over 30,000 in the U.S. alone.

Minimally Invasive Approach

During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long-shafted instruments), to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.

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Safest and Least Traumatic Procedure

Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the LAP-BAND® System procedure, it is considered the safest and least traumatic compared to other weight-loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery. If for any reason the LAP-BAND® System needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.

Adjustable Treatment

The LAP-BAND® System is also the only adjustable weight-loss surgery. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate. Your individual needs 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.

To modify the size of the band, its inner surface can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed well below the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin.

LAP-BAND Procedure explained by Dr. Owens

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How the LAP-BAND® System Works

A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach
  • A small pouch is created
  • Your stomach holds less food
  • You feel full faster and longer
  • The plastic band is hollow
  • It is filled with a saline solutiion
  • By adding or removing the saline, your surgeon can tighten or loosen your band
  • This allows control over individual weight loss
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Words on Adjustments

  • Following surgery, LAP-BAND® is usually empty for partially inflated
  • First adjustment is typicaly not until 4-6 weeks after surgery
  • Adjustments depend on:
    Learn to eat few small, nutritious meals
    Begin an exercise program
    Schedule regular check-ups