Another option is the adjustable gastric band, known more commonly as the LapBand® procedure.
It is the least invasive of all the bariatric surgery procedures and is the only one that is reversible. While weight loss is traditionally slower, based on national averages, weight loss is about forty five percent of excess body weight and is a viable option for patients.
It is a restrictive procedure that helps to control hunger. For the very best results, patients must adhere to small portions and more frequent follow up to maintain the band.
The band is placed at the upper portion of the stomach forming a small pouch. The band is filled by accessing the port which is secured below the skin on top of the muscle mass.
The pillow pouch of the band is filled slowly in order to find what is called the “green zone.” This term is used to communicate that the patient is not hungry, is satisfied between meals and is losing satisfactory weight.
If you are considering the adjustable gastric band, you must be comfortable with the thought of having a medical device in your body for life. The band does have an excellent safety profile, with a relatively quick recovery.
The procedure is performed laparoscopically. That basically means that a tiny camera allows the surgeon to see inside your body as he or she performs the procedure.1 Only a few very small incisions are made in the abdomen (about 1.5-2.5 cm each). The band is placed around your stomach using long, thin instruments.
The LAP-BAND® System procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis2 and the surgery itself typically takes less than an hour.1 When the procedure is performed in an inpatient setting, the hospital stay is generally less than one day.2 In most cases, you’ll get back to your life in about a week
Adjustments to optimize the system are made through a discreet, comfortable access port that is placed just beneath the skin.