How the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Works

lap-band imageBy now you’ve probably learned a little about lap-band surgery and the success so many have from the procedure. What you may be a bit fuzzy on are the details about how it helps you reach those goals – the same goals that have been so elusive until now. This will help clear the air about how laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding works to help you finally find success in your weight loss efforts.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery Basics

During the surgery itself, you will be under general anesthesia. The surgery involves one to five tiny cuts into your abdomen at strategic locations to allow the camera and other instruments access to your stomach.

Because lap-band surgery is a laparoscopic procedure involving no internal staples or stitches, it has a shorter recovery time than many other bariatric procedures. This means you can get up, around, and back to work sooner. Most patients can return to work usually within one or two weeks of surgery.

What makes the difference?

The lap-band procedure involves the insertion of a band, wrapping it around the top portion of your stomach. This creates a small pouch with an opening at the bottom to the larger portion of your stomach.

The short story, is that the small pouch fills up quickly, allowing you to feel full faster.

The longer version is that lap-band surgery helps to control both your hunger and the size of portions you consume. Since only so much food can fit into the pouch at once, your brain receives the signal that you are full. This causes you to stop eating before the larger portion of your stomach below the pouch is actually full.

Understanding Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery Adjustability

It’s true that the surgery is simply a tool to aid you in your real efforts to lose weight. It doesn’t melt the pounds away and it doesn’t eliminate calories. You will need to eat a proper diet and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine in order to achieve lasting success with weight loss surgery.

That being said, if you’re not receiving the results you hoped for at first, or you’re losing too much weight too quickly, the gastric band can be adjusted, via a process called a “fill,” in which the doctor injects or removes fluid by inserting a needle into the access port placed beneath your skin.

Why Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery?

Since there are several different laparoscopic procedures, what’s the big benefit of choosing gastric banding over other options available? It’s a good question and one that rests in the rate of weight loss.

Patients with the lap band tend to lose weight gradually, over time. Most patients lose one to two pounds per week. This is a healthy, sustainable way to lose weight that allows the body to adjust along with the weight loss – as long as you’re keeping up with physical activities along the way.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery is not the right choice for everyone interested in weight loss. In fact, it’s only recommended for people who have a BMI of 40 or greater and have been severely obese for a number of years or, in some instances, for those with a BMI of 30 or greater who have a comorbid health condition associated with their obesity.

To learn more about the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure, contact the New York Bariatric Group at 800-633-8446.

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How the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Works

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

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I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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