Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

lapband imageApproved by the FDA in 2001, the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band is the safest, least invasive and only adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. Since its clinical introduction in 1993, over 300,000 procedures have been performed around the world.Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure. A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and molds the stomach into two connected chambers. An injection port is attached to the abdominal wall, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band with soft, thin tubing.

The band is adjustable. Periodic adjustments are typically done in the surgeon’s office. They are made using a needle to inject saline solution into your band through the port. Adding saline increases the amount of restriction provided by the band, helping patients feel fuller sooner and with less food.

Advantages

  • Least invasive approach
  • No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal rerouting
  • Adjustable
  • Reversible
  • Lower operative complication rate than gastric bypass
  • Lower mortality rate than gastric bypass
  • Low malnutrition risk

Disadvantages

  • Slower initial weight loss than gastric bypass
  • Possibly less weight loss than gastric bypass
  • Very easy to cheat – no dumping
  • Regular follow-up for band adjustments is critical for optimal results

Single Incision Lap Band Surgery

Single Incision

We are pleased to announce that we offer Single Incision Lap Band Surgery. Instead of the four incisions required for standard laparoscopic surgery, we can now insert the Band using a single incision. This minimizes the wound pain associated with additional sites of entry and has the potential for a less visible scar. Ask your surgeon if this option is appropriate for you.

Other options:
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy