The adjustable gastric band, most commonly known as the LAP-BAND®, is a procedure that restricts the amount of food that a person can eat. Similar to the sleeve gastrectomy, the LAP-BAND® is performed without re-routing the small intestine. However, different than both the sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass, the band is performed without dividing the stomach or entering the G.I. tract.
About Gastric Banding
To perform the banding procedure, the band is passed around the upper portion of the stomach which serves to create a small stomach pouch. Dr. Snow is able to perform this procedure laparoscopically, using very small incisions and a high definition camera to guide the surgical instruments. The band is tightened during a series of office visits after the procedure. This tightening of the gastric band results in a small upper stomach pouch which allows patients to feel satisfied eating much smaller portions of food. The decreased caloric intake leads to weight loss.
Benefits of Gastric Banding
- Gastric Banding does not interfere with vitamin absorption
- Gastric Banding is reversible by band removal
- Improvement in co-morbidities such as diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension*
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Gastric band patients typically lose 40-50% of excess weight within two years of surgery. The most significant weight loss occurs within the first year after surgery. Patients who adopt a healthy lifestyle and exercise routine are the most successful in maintaining weight loss.*
What to Expect After Surgery
All surgical procedures have some risk involved. Patients typically spend just one day in the hospital and are able to resume regular activity within one week.*
Wondering if Gastric Banding Is Right for You?
If you have a BMI over 30, and you have struggled to lose weight, you may be a candidate for gastric banding. Dr. Snow takes time to guide each patient through the options available to them and he will help you determine the choice that best meets your needs and goals. A consultation with Dr. Snow is the first step on your journey to better health. Join Us for a FREE Seminar or Schedule Your Consultation.
Gastric Banding Adjustments
The gastric band is a thin, hollow ring with a small narrow tube which is used to fill the ring with saline, which in turn tightens the restriction around the stomach. Gastric band patients will typically have an appointment for an adjustment approximately one month after the initial band placement procedure. Additional adjustments, also called fills, may be needed if the patient experiences a stall in weight loss, increased hunger, or insufficient restriction.
Dr. Snow is skilled in gastric band adjustments and offers adjustments for St. Louis Bariatric patients. He is also available to perform adjustment for patients who have had gastric band surgery elsewhere and are seeking a new surgeon for care. At St. Louis Bariatrics, we utilize an x-ray machine to monitor band fluid and access a port beneath the skin to perform adjustments.
Gastric Band Removal or Revision Surgery
Occasionally, patients choose to have their gastric bands removed. This is a choice that people may seek for personal reasons, because they aren’t happy with their weight loss results, or, in rare cases, because of complications with the band device. Dr. Snow offers gastric band removal, as well as revision surgery. Learn More About Gastric Band Revision at St. Louis Bariatrics.
If you have questions, are seeking care for your gastric band, or are interested in gastric band removal or revision, contact us to schedule an appointment.
*Results may vary.