Lap Band

Lap Band surgery is a  restrictive procedure, during which an inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. This creates a smaller stomach pouch, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time and increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty. As a result, a patient achieves sustained weight loss by limiting food intake, reducing appetite, and slowing digestion.

Advantages of Lap Band

  • Lowest mortality rate1
  • Least invasive surgical approach
  • No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal re-routing
  • Adjustable
  • Reversible
  • Lowest operative complication rate
  • Low malnutrition risk

Disadvantages of Lap Band

  • Slower initial weight loss
  • Regular follow-up critical for optimal results
  • Requires an implanted medical device
  • In some cases, effectiveness can be reduced due to band slippage
  • In some cases, the access port may leak and require minor revisional surgery

Risks of Lap Band

  • Mortality rate: 0.05%
  • Total complications: 9%
  • Major complications: 0.2%
  • Most common risks include:
    • Standard risks associated with major surgery
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Band slippage (minor revisional surgery)
    • Band erosion (minor revisional surgery)
    • Access port problems (minor revisional surgery)

Recovery Time Associated with Lap Band

  • Hospital stay is usually less than 24 hours
  • Most patients return to normal activity within 1 week
  • Full surgical recovery usually occurs within about 2 weeks

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