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. A major benefit to undergoing the LAP-BAND® at St. Louis Bariatrics is that Dr. Snow uses an x-ray machine to access the port deep beneath the skin. Similarly, the x-ray machine helps Dr. Snow monitor for complications or know when to add fluid to the band.
Benefits of Gastric Banding
- Less invasive than other surgery options
- 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.*
*results may vary
What to Expect After Surgery
All surgical procedures have some risk involved. However, Gastric Banding is considered to be one of the safest weight loss surgeries available. Patients typically spend just one day in the hospital and are able to resume regular activity within one week.*
*results may vary
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 free consultation with Dr. Snow is the first step on your journey to better health.