A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly known as a lap band, is a minimally invasive weight loss procedure for the treatment of severe obesity. It works by helping you to limit your food intake and supports a long term, sustainable weight loss. After the lap band surgery, the person feels full sooner, eats smaller portions, and loses weight overtime.
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 results in improved weight loss and obesity-related health issues. Your obesity surgeon can adjust the band if the rate of weight loss is not acceptable or if you have problems with the band.
With lap band surgery, patients can expect a gradual but steady weight loss.
Some health funds will cover lap band surgery.Please check with your health plans for details.
What are the benefits of lap band surgery?
Lap band surgery offers the following benefits:
- Least invasive weight loss procedure
- Minimal trauma
- Needs no cutting or stapling of the stomach
- Quick recovery
- Experience less pain
- Shorter hospital stay