Weight Loss Surgery Information
This procedure is a simple yet advanced gastric banding system that helps you gradually lose and control your weight by reducing the amount of food that your stomach can hold at one time. The name "LAP-BAND" comes from the minimally invasive surgical technique used (laparoscopy) and the silicone gastric band placed around the top of the upper part of your stomach. The LAP-BAND® System works by helping you control your food intake and supporting long term, sustainable weight loss. This minimally invasive surgery is performed on an out-patient basis where patients usually can return to work within a week. There is no intestinal re-routing, cutting or stapling of the stomach wall as with gastric bypass which also minimizes scarring. While this treatment is intended for long-term, it can be removed at any time and the stomach and other anatomy will typically return to their original state.