A Look at the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure
A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, more casually referred to as a lap band, is a silicone ring that can be placed around the upper portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. This device helps patients to lose weight by reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and increasing the amount of time needed for the stomach to empty, effectively slowing digestion and decreasing appetite. In combination with simple lifestyle changes, this bariatric procedure can result in significant and sustained weight loss.
The lap band procedure is the least invasive bariatric surgical option available. With the use of cutting-edge cameras called laparoscopes and tiny surgical instruments, the surgeon can install the lap band through tiny keyhole incisions that are only centimeters long. Once in place, the lap band can be easily adjusted by a physician to change the size of the stomach opening, allowing a patient to eat more or less depending on their nutritional needs.
A good candidate for a laparoscopic adjustable band procedure has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 or greater accompanied by a life-threatening medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes. Once committed to the surgery, a successful outcome depends on the patient’s commitment to making essential lifestyle changes and working closely with their surgical team. Following up with your doctor, eating a nutrient-rich diet, and participating in regular physical activity can help patients to receive the optimal benefits of this bariatric procedure. These benefits include:
- Weight loss
- Improved energy, mobility, and stamina
- Improvement in a wide variety of obesity-related medical conditions, including arthritis, sleep apnea, and hypertension
- Reduced risk of the serious complications associated with cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke
- Enhanced self-esteem, mood, and overall quality of life
If you are burdened with obesity and are considering this life-changing procedure, consult one of the experienced professionals at MountainView Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center . Schedule an appointment today by calling (702) 233-5300, or contact MountainView Hospital online.