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What Is Lap Band Surgery?

Learn about lap band surgery in this Howcast video about bariatric surgery to treat obesity.


Lap-Band, or gastric band surgery is a sugary where we implant a silicone device around the top portion of your stomach.

There is a balloon that sits on the top part of your stomach, which is connected to a tubing. The tubing is then connected to a port that's sutured or sewed to your muscle underneath your skin.

The gastric band is adjustable, so what happens is approximately one month after surgery, you'll see your surgeon, and he or she will tighten your band. They'll use a needle to access the port, and then they'll inject saline into the port, which will travel through the tubing, and inflate the balloon that's around your stomach. By doing this, you'll be able to eat less, and you'll feel full faster. The food sits in the top part of the stomach longer, and then slowly filters through the area where the band is constricting.

Weight loss after gastric band surgery is approximately one to two pounds per week, or patients can expect to lose about 50 percent of their excess body weight in about two years. So if you have 100 pounds to lose, after the gastric band, on average, the person will lose about 50 pounds after about a year and a half to two years.

Behavior modification is very important after any weight loss surgery, so you want to make sure you're making proper food choices, and also incorporating exercise into your life.

So those are some facts about the Lap-Band, or gastric band surgery.

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