What is Lap-Band®

lap-band weight-loss procedureLap-Band® Center of Oklahoma, offers the Lap-Band ® AP Adjustable Gastric Banding System by Allergan, today’s most advanced and preferred gastric banding system.

The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is the first adjustable medical device for individualized weight loss and the first minimally invasive surgical approach approved in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly referred to as a ‘a band’ or lap band, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach and is intended to slow consumption of foods and thus the amount of food consumed.

Gastric banding is the least invasive surgery of its kind and is totally reversible, with another key hole operation. Gastric banding is performed using laparoscopic surgery and usually results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures. Because no part of the stomach is stapled or removed, and the patient’s intestines are not re-routed, he or she can continue to absorb nutrients from food normally. Gastric bands are made entirely of bio-compatible materials, so they are able to stay in the patient’s body without causing harm.

Benefits of gastric banding when compared to other bariatric surgeries

  • Removable: stomach size returns to normal if the band is removed but does have many adhesions making a revision surgery more dangerous.
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach.
  • Short hospital stay.
  • Quick recovery.
  • Adjustable without additional surgery.
  • No malabsorption issues (because no intestines are bypassed).