How is it done?
The Lap Band® is performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. A plastic-like band is placed around the top of the stomach and connected to a port under your skin.
What is the recovery?
This is an outpatient surgery (you go home the same day). You should plan on being off work for about 1 week. You will be on a liquid only diet for 3 weeks.
How does it work?
The Lap Band® works by restricting how much you can eat. By injecting the port under your skin with saline (water) we can inflate and deflate the balloon to make it tighter or looser. It is reversible and the device can be removed at any time.
What are the results?
Average weight loss is about 50% of your excess weight.
What are the complications?
As with any surgery there are risks. However, we have taken great steps to minimize these before and after surgery. You will learn a lot more about this in the office.
Do I qualify?
The current national criteria for Lap Band® is that you must have a BMI > 40. However, if you are being treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, or diabetes, you can qualify if your BMI is > 35.