A chance at weight-loss success.
If your weight has become a health problem — and diet and exercise programs alone aren't helping — don't struggle alone. Lap-Band® surgery (laparoscopic gastric banding) may be a choice that works for you.
Our highly trained surgical team at Sharp Memorial Hospital is here to help restore a stronger, healthier you.
Are you a candidate for Lap-Band surgery?
Lap-Band surgery may be a good option for you if:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 35 or more
- You are at a higher risk for the more invasive gastric bypass surgery due to health complications
How the Lap-Band procedure works.
The Lap-Band is an adjustable silicone ring designed to restrict the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. During the procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen and places the silicone ring around the upper portion of the stomach and a port just below the surface of the skin. As needed, the surgeon can use the port to add or remove saline from the ring to adjust to the desired stomach size.
The Lap-Band procedure creates a smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food. Patients feel full faster and longer as the food moves more slowly through the digestive tract.
Lap-Band surgery pros and cons.
As with all surgical procedures, there are advantages and disadvantages. At Sharp, we believe it's important you are aware of both.
Advantages of Lap-Band:
- Adjustable and reversible
- Dramatically improves health problems related to obesity, including diabetes and high blood pressure
- Early complication rate is lower compared to other weight-loss surgeries
- Less invasive than other procedures
- Malnutrition complications are rare
- Often performed as an outpatient surgery (patients typically go home the same day of surgery)
- Patients typically return to work and normal activities within a week
- Weight loss is slow and steady
Disadvantages of Lap-Band:
- Late complication rate is higher compared to other weight-loss surgeries
- Patients can expect to lose 40 to 60 percent of excess body weight over a period of 2 to 3 years; compared to the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass of 70 to 100 percent excess weight loss in the first year
- Successful weight loss is dependent on the frequency of follow-up visits
- Wear and tear of device, which may require replacement
Is weight-loss surgery right for you?
Make an educated and informed decision about weight-loss surgery by attending one of our free educational seminars. You will learn everything you need to know about Lap-Band surgery, including program requirements and other treatment options.
We also recommend you attend one of our monthly support groups to talk with and ask questions of other weight-loss surgery patients.
Find out more.
Learn more by reading our frequently asked questions about Lap-Band surgery.
If you aren't sure if weight-loss surgery is right for you or you don't meet the requirements but are still interested in losing weight, learn more about our personalized weight-loss programs at Sharp.
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