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What it is, how it works. The LAP-BAND® is the least invasive of the weight loss surgeries. During the LAP-BAND® procedure, a hollow, adjustable, silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Without cutting or separating the stomach or the intestines, the stomach is divided into two parts by the placement of a band around the stomach, a smaller upper part and a larger lower part, creating an adjustable opening between the two parts.
The band is connected to a port which is placed under the skin, allowing the addition of fluid to the band. By adding fluid, the band is tightened, reducing the amount you can eat.
Patients usually spend one day in the hospital and resume normal activity within one to two weeks.
Gastric banding is the most common weight loss operation performed outside the United States, especially in Europe and Australia. The LAP-BAND® is removable, adjustable, and does not permanently change the structure of the individual's anatomy. If the band is too tight for the patient, or the patient becomes too thin, the fluid can be removed from the band to allow normal eating. Similarly, if a patient becomes pregnant, the fluid can likewise be removed to allow normal weight gain.
Weight loss typically occurs more slowly with the banding system, but it occurs at a steadier pace. Patients should expect to lose about 5 - 10 pounds per month for up to three years, 50 to 70% of their excess weight.
To achieve this success, patients must follow up with their physician. Regular physician visits are necessary to monitor the patients weight loss and make adjustments to the band when necessary.
With Citizens Bariatric Center, you CAN lose weight safely and keep it off long-term.
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