The gastric band is a restrictive surgical procedure that limits the volume of food intake it requires to feel full. There is no rearranging of the anatomy, cutting, stapling or malabsorption.
The band is an inflatable silicone device that is placed around the upper part of the stomach. The band is locked in place like a collar around the stomach and 3-4 stitches are placed on either side of the band to keep it in position, and to decrease the risk of band slippage.
The collar is connected to a tube which has a port attached to it. This creates a closed system so that when saline is inserted via the port, it inflates a balloon inside the collar, creating a small stomach pouch. The saline amount will be adjusted over time based on how much you can eat and how much weight you are losing. The band also slows the emptying of food out of the pouch, causing you to feel full longer.
The port site is sewn on to the fascia (strength layer of the abdominal wall) over the stomach muscle, and the skin is closed over it, effectively hiding it in the abdomen. You may feel the port, especially as you lose weight, but it rarely protrudes from the abdomen.
The biggest thing to emphasize with the Lap Band® is that it is only a tool to help you reach your weight loss goals. You cannot expect to have the band placed and lose weight without changing your eating and exercise habits. Weight loss is approximately 40-50% of excess weight.
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