Adjustable Gastric Band (LapBand® and Realize® Band)
Adjustable Gastric Band, or LapBand®, Realize® Band, surgery is a laparoscopic procedure providing a way to limit food intake with minimum interference with the normal digestive process. By wrapping a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach, the surgeon is able to create a small upper stomach pouch that is connected to the lower stomach through a narrowing created by the band itself.
The band effectively restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at a single meal. Food passes slowly from the upper to the lower stomach region and creates a fuller feeling longer. The Lap-Band can be easily adjusted after surgery according to how much weight the patient is losing.
- It is the safest form of weight loss surgery and has a rapid recovery time.
- Patients lose from 50 percent to 65 percent of excess body weight over the first two years.
- The stomach or intestines are not cut, so there is no risk of intestinal leak, dumping syndrome or food intolerance.
- Band patients often do not feel hungry.
- Existing obesity related health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea improve.
- Surgery takes only about one hour to perform and requires either an overnight hospital stay or if you have a low BMI procedure, outpatient, same day surgery.
- The band can be tightened or loosened as needed, or it can be removed and the effects reversed.
- Patients need to re-learn how to eat. If they eat too fast or too much, they will vomit.
- Some foods will not pass through the new opening in the stomach.
- The success of the procedure depends on the patient’s commitment to a schedule of follow-up visits to have the band adjusted every six to eight weeks. It is the only way to ensure significant long-term weight loss.
- There is a small risk of slippage of the band requiring another surgery to re-position the band.
- The tube may kink or twist, requiring minor surgery.
- The Lap-Band technique will not result in weight loss if the patient eats excess amounts of high-calorie foods such as ice cream and milk shakes.
Call Swedish Weight-Loss Services at 206-215-2090 for more information.