What is the Lap-Band procedure?
Approved by the FDA in 2011, the Lap-BandⓇ is an adjustable band that is placed around the stomach during a laparoscopic procedure. Since the band shrinks the circumference of the stomach opening where food passes through, it causes the patient to feel more full quicker while consuming less food and to also feel satiated for a longer period of time. The entire procedure only takes approximately one hour to perform. Of the three surgical procedures, the lap band is the least invasive and is also reversible since no portion of the stomach’s anatomy changes.
What happens after the Lap-Band procedure?
Usually after one week, patients can return to their normal activities. If the patient needs the band to be adjusted for any reason, the changes are made easily through an access port that is placed just beneath the skin during the initial procedure. Your physician will make the adjustments by changing the levels of silicon in the band’s pouches to either loosen or tighten them.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for the Lap-Band procedure?
The patient has a BMI of 40 or greater
The patient has a BMI of 30 or greater along with weight-related diseases such high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or sleep apnea.
Patients opt for the lap-band procedure if they do not need a more aggressive procedure such as the Gastric Bypass, where they are uncomfortable with the idea of a portion of their stomach being removed or re-routed, or undergoing an irreversible procedure. On average, patients lose 65% of their excess weight in the first year. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program, patients can lose the remaining excess weight and achieve maintaining a healthy weight.
Is the Lap-Band the right procedure for me?
Dr. Korman assesses whether patients are candidates for the Lap-Band procedure during a preliminary consultation where your individual health concerns are addressed. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office directly: 310-577-5540.