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Lap Band Surgery Procedure

The LAP-BAND System involves the permanent placement of an adjustable band around the stomach organ. The band is intended to decrease the size of the stomach, which leads to eating less. This type of surgery is minimally invasive with no stapling or cutting involved and very little scarring. Furthermore, small incisions ensure a shorter recovery time. Typical recovery time from LAP-BAND surgery is about one week. LAP-BAND surgery is most appropriate for those who have failed to lose weight by dieting and exercising alone. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery is a safe and effective procedure for weight loss and maintenance of weight. There have been over 300 000 Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding surgeries done worldwide. It is important to note that the LAP-BAND system works most efficiently along with proper diet and exercise. It is always important for patients to continue treating their bodies well by staying active and eating healthily.

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During the procedure, a surgeon will make a small incision in the belly and then insert a small band around the upper part of the stomach. A tube is attached to the band and left under the skin. Surgeons use this tube to add or remove saline in order to adjust the tightness of the band. For example, if a patient becomes pregnant after receiving LAP-BAND surgery, they will need saline to be removed from their band in order to allow their stomachs to hold more food for a growing fetus. The band is not inflated at the time of the surgery. Inflation must be done after patients have recovered from surgery.  Once the stomach is tightened, it holds less food. If patients try to eat more than their surgically enhanced stomachs can hold, it usually results in vomiting. The band can be removed if necessary and the stomach will return to its original size and function.  There are no significant risks to LAP-BAND surgery, except for possible surgical side effects.

The doctors at the La Fontaine Source De Jeunesse will instruct patients on how to care for their bodies and how to eat before and after LAP-BAND surgery. Our doctors take great care for their patients and desire to give their patients the most effective results. As long as patients follow the healthcare instructions given to them by doctors, the results of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding can be permanent. The surgeons at the La Fontaine Source De Jeunesse will provide patients with details about the surgery and answer any questions.

 

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