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Lap Band

Many overweight people have tried and failed to lose unhealthy excess weight. Numerous studies have demonstrated that diets and weight-loss aids rarely succeed in helping people achieve the desire result of long lasting weight reduction. If diets, exercise programs, and other non-surgical methods have failed to help you achieve long- term weight loss, you may want to consider an operation to artificially reduce the capacity of the stomach and to help decrease your appetite.

The LAP-BAND System’s innovative surgical technology can help you attain desirable weight-loss results. The LAP-BAND System’s silicone elastometer band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch, which can hold only a small amount of food. The lower, larger part of the stomach is below the band.

Food will pass through the outlet ("stoma" in medical terms) from the upper stomach pouch to the lower part more slowly, and you will feel fill longer.

One of the major advantages of the LAP-BAND System is that the diameter of the band outlet is adjustable to meet your individual needs, which can change as you lose weight. The inner surface of the band can change as you lose weight. The inner surface of the band can be inflated with liquid (saline solution) or deflated to modify the size of the stoma. The band is connected by tubing to a reservoir, which is placed well under the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the reservoir with a fine needle through the skin. The LAP-BAND System is a unique surgical treatment because in many cases the size of the stoma can be customized to accommodate your changing size without further surgery.

The amount of weight you may lose depends on several things. The average weight loss in the United States clinical study was approximately 36-38% of excess weight, 2 and 3 years after surgery. It is important to remember that the LAP-BAND System is an aid to support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite and slowing digestion.

The Advantages of the LAP-BAND System at a Glance:

Less Invasive: Of all the operations for severe obesity, the LAP-BAND System method is considered to be the least traumatic. The operation can usually be performed using laparoscopy (using small incision). The procedure requires no cutting or stapling of the stomach.

Adjustable: In many cases, no follow-up operation is necessary to modify the diameter of the stoma.

Avoids irreversible damage: If the LAP-BAND System needs to be removed for any reason, the stomach generally returns to its original form.

Reduced hospital stay: Patients normally leave the hospital within two to four days of the laparoscopic operation, or four to eight days if an abdominal incision is required or if complications occur.

Quicker recovery: After the laparoscopic procedure, patients usually resume normal activities within a week or two and within four weeks if the procedure is not done laproscopically.

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