weight loss surgery
is technically referred to as adjustable gastric banding.
Since the procedure is mostly done laparoscopically it is also referred
to as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.
lap band weight loss surgery is referred to as such because it uses a
proprietary surgical device call LAP-BAND®
and uses the laparoscopic
weight loss surgery procedure to secure the device onto the
gastric system in the stomach.
Banding was approved by the United States Foods and Drugs
Administration (FDA) in June 2001. And since, over 20,000 procedures
have been done in the U.S and another 120, 000 internationally. Infact
the lap band weight loss surgery is the most common weight
loss surgery in both Europe and Australia.
Lap Band Surgery
Of all surgical intervention this is viewed as the best as it is
study in Australia reported in the Annals of Medicine has indicated
that the Lap Band can be more effective than Very Low Calorie Diets
The study performed using obese patients with those with lap
band surgery pitted against these under VLCD, prescription weight loss
drugs and behavioral therapy.
six months both groups lost 14% of their starting weight.
But by the
24th month the lap band patient lost 22% of the starting weight
meanwhile the diets regained to loss in totals only 5.5% of their
The gastric band resulted to loss of 87% of
excess weight while the weight loss diet,
weight loss drugs and behavioral therapy combined loss only 22% of
though lap band weight loss surgery
sounds all rosy, it is important to
be aware that like all other weight loss surgery procedures results are
dependent as your motivation and commitment to the new lifestyle and
There are numerous stories of bariatric surgery
patient regaining significant weight.
How Lap Band Surgery is Done
The lap band is inserted into your
cavity using instrument
used in laparoscopic surgery. The band is about ½ inch wide
and longer than a foot.
one end it has a locking device that is used to wrap around the upper
part of the stomach.
This lockable end results to separating the stomach into two, a small
pouch on the top and the rest of the stomach of the bottom.
device can also be controlled by injecting fluids to vary how much food
can pass through from the small pouch to the rest of the stomach.
The other end of this gastric band (LAP BAND®) is a small
reservoir that holds saline solution.
the doctor wants to restrict your stomach some more they inject saline
solution serve around the stoma-ch narrowing the food passage from
pouch to large stomach.
The whole lap band stays within the abdominal cavity.
reservoir is placed near the skin where it can be punctured easily
using a specialized needle to allow for relaxation and construction of
And like the other types of weight loss surgery, lap band weight loss
surgery is a restrictive type of bariatric surgery used to control
amounts of food eaten and reduces appetite.
this procedure there is no gastric bypass
and hence does not involve cutting the intestines.
first gastric band was patented in 1985 by obtech medicalf of Sweden.
But the more popular and most used today is one by NAMED Health known
as Bio Entric LAP BAND® adjustable gastric banding system.
However there are other brands.
Advantages of Gastric Banding
With time Lap Band weight loss surgery and similar banding may very
likely become the most used weight loss surgical interventions due to
their great advantage. They include
it is much cheaper than other
procedure. It can cost between $14,000 - $18,000 in comparison to an
average of $26,000 with the other procedures
It is currently the only
reversible weight loss surgery procedure. All you need to do is to
remove the band.
It is the least invasive
procedure. Apart from the fit that it is done laporoscopically, it
It has shorter hospital stays
It is as much as ten times safer
to other procedures.
It is currently also the only
adjustable weight loss surgery
It is covered by most insurance
companies at least in the U.S.
Though lap band is all that, it still carries some risk of in surgery.
They include 12% risk of banding eroding the stomach, a 5-10% chance
that the banding may slip requiring revisional surgery.
implant, the device will require maintenance and so a lifetime of
occasional visits to the doctor.
a last resort for the severely obese lap
band weight loss surgery may be the better alternative of the surgical
options. This is because weight loss surgery is still not a cure for obesity but merely a tool.
How effective the tool becomes in your life depends on how well
informed you are.
But if surgery is not an alternative, and you want to get a flat stoamch or even a six pack then you need more than the regular weight loss strategies. You need to Go Beyond Calories. To do this you need to do two things, just two. These two are...
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consult your healthcare provider before beginning
any kind of weight loss program