With the Adjustable Gastric Band Procedures (either LAP-BAND® or Realize™ Band), an adjustable silicone band is fastened around the upper part of the stomach to create a new, smaller stomach pouch. The band is connected to an access port below the skin. Through the port, the surgeon can adjust the size of the band by adding or removing saline to an inflatable balloon on the inner surface of the band. Because the band is adjustable, the surgeon and patient can work together to customize the rate of weight-loss for each patient. The patient’s weight loss, the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten, the exercise regimen, and other issues surrounding the patient’s health determine adjustments to the band, which are performed during routine outpatient visits. The procedures are effective for weight loss because they reduce the capacity of the stomach, restricting the amount of food that can be consumed at one time.
Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery (either LAP-BAND® or Realize™ Band) is performed through small incisions, resulting in less pain and scarring and short recovery times. Patients generally spend just one night in the hospital and can typically resume normal activities within about one week.
Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery (LAP-BAND ° or Realize!” Band) has been shown to be an effective surgical option for weight loss, and it is rapidly gaining in popularity in the U.S. Since the LAP-BAND° and Realize”‘ procedures do not alter the digestive track, they are both fully adjustable and reversible. Weight loss with the Adjustable Gastric Band Procedures is more gradual than gastric bypass, but because of the adjustable nature of the band, the patient and surgeon can work together to control the rate of weight loss.