How is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND) performed?
LAP-BAND surgery works by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. Like gastric bypass, it is performed laparoscopically by AtlantiCare surgeons. The procedure is considered a less invasive form of weight loss surgery. The procedure involves placing a silicone band around the top part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that fills quickly and gives the patient an early sense of fullness when eating. The band contains a reservoir that may be adjusted through a port located just beneath the skin. By adding or removing solution to/from the reservoir, the surgeon can increase or decrease the tightness of the band – regulating the amount of food that can be taken in. The surgeon’s ability to adjust the band’s tension helps ensure that desirable weight loss levels are achieved.