What is LAP-BAND®?
The LAP-BAND® is an adjustable gastric banding system designed to aid in safe surgical weight loss. This bariatric surgery uses a minimally invasive approach with small incisions. This allows patients to lose weight with less scarring and reduced post-surgical pain.
Gastric banding procedures, like our San Diego lap band surgery, help you feel fullness sooner and lose excess weight long term. You can have banding adjustments as needed. This weight loss surgery is easily reversible and has many proven health benefits.
The Lap Band Surgery
Lap Band surgery does not require a permanent reconfiguration of the digestive tract, meaning it is completely reversible.
During the gastric surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdominal wall to allow careful placement of the silicone gastric band around the upper part of the stomach, as well as a port just below the surface of the skin.
How Does Lap Band Surgery Impact Hunger?
When optimized to the correct adjustment, a patient should be able to satiate his or her hunger with a portion of food about the size of a deck of playing cards.
To control the rate of weight loss, your surgeon can merely tighten or loosen the gastric band as necessary.
When the band is optimally adjusted, many patients typically do not feel hungry for 5-6 hours after their most recent meal.