Lapband - Type of Adjustable Gastric Banding
Stomach banding operation using silicone
band to limit food intake
Surgery | Restrictive
Surgery Benefits, Risks | Gastric
Banding | Lap Band Surgical
Procedure | Lap Band Diagram
| Lap Band Follow-Up
During this procedure, the surgeon places a hollow silicone band [lapband®] around the upper end of the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch with a narrow passageway [stoma] into the larger lower part of the stomach.
The band is then inflated with a salt solution, and remains connected by tube to a saline reservoir placed beneath the skin during surgery.
The small size of the pouch limits the amount of food that the patient can eat at any one time, and it's narrow exit slows down stomach-emptying which keeps the patient feeling fuller for longer.
During post-operative follow-up, a nurse can tighten or loosen the lapband® by controlling the amount of saline in the band. This is done by piercing the reservoir through the skin with a needle.
In addition, because the band is removable and does not permanently alter stomach anatomy, it provides an option for patients who may not otherwise consider surgery for treatment of their obesity. Other advantages include a shorter hospital stay and no effect on the absorption of nutrients.
Although thousands of patients have succeeded in losing weight after lap band surgery, this restrictive type of bariatric operation tends to produce less effective weight loss than more complex gastric bypass procedures, like biliopancreatic diversion, roux-en-y or fobi pouch.
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