LAP-BAND®

The LAP-BAND® System is completely reversible and adjustable.

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The LAP-BAND® System

The LAP-BAND® System has been used worldwide since 1998. In 2001, the FDA approved the LAP-BAND® in the United States. Dr. Snow was in the first group of surgeons in the United States to perform placement of the LAP-BAND® System. Through the years, he has trained and proctored over 300 other surgeons on how to perform the procedure in many countries. He currently serves on the Council for the Advancement of Bariatric Surgery and has been involved in the research with the LAP-BAND®System for many years helping to refine the surgical technique for optimal patient results. The LAP-BAND® System is completely reversible and adjustable.

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The Procedure of LAP-BAND® Placement

The LAP-BAND® System is a restrictive bariatric surgical procedure. It will limit the amount of food consumed at meal time. Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is done on an outpatient basis with several small incisions and the laparoscope. The LAP-BAND® System is a device made of a rubber type of material. It is inert and your body does not react to the device on the stomach. It has a balloon on the inner surface that can be inflated and deflated. The device is place around the stomach towards the top in a region called the gastric fundus. After the LAP-BAND® is closed and secured, a small pouch of stomach is created above the device. In this area of the stomach are the most sensors for stomach wall stretching. When you eat a small portion of food, the upper portion of the stomach above the LAP-BAND® is stretched and signals are sent to your brain that you are full with a relatively small portion.

To enhance the full feeling, the LAP-BAND® System is also adjustable. A small port is place under the skin that is attached to the main part of the LAP-BAND® at the time of your procedure. This creates a closed system for the fluid within the balloon. After about 4 weeks after surgery, most patients will need what is known as an adjustment or a fill for their LAP-BAND®. Adjustments are performed in the office either directly or through x-ray guidance. Based on years of experience, Dr. Snow will evaluate your progress and determine the proper amount of fluid for your particular needs and goals. The fluid that is placed in the LAP-BAND® System is saline which is like tear drops and completely safe for you. Adjustments are made based on the amount of food that you eat and if you are not hungry between your meals. Some patients can lose weight with very few adjustments, but some require more frequent adjustments. The weight loss with the LAP-BAND® System is slower when compared to other procedures, but many patients choose this procedure because it is reversible and no permanent changes are made to the stomach. As with any bariatric surgical procedure, routine aftercare has been proven to help patients lose more weight. Our aftercare program is procedure specific and tailored to your needs and goals. With the significant weight loss seen with the LAP-BAND® System, many health issues related to excess weight improve, including: heartburn, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain and many other conditions.

As with the other bariatric surgical procedures that we perform, routine post-operative care regarding nutrition, activity and psychological factors is critical. The LAP-BAND® System patients will eat small portions of a balanced diet with an emphasis on protein intake. Bread is not a good idea, ever. Dr. Snow will explain in detail the procedure risks and benefits at your office visit.

Do you want to learn more about The LAP-BAND® System? Contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Start your journey with The LapBand System to be the new healthier you.

CONTACT THE SNOW BARIATRIC CENTER