The Adjustable Band is the least invasive and safest weight loss operation currently available for the treatment of morbid obesity. Many patients choose the Lap-Band procedure because it is a simple operation with minimal operative risk. So much so that it is the procedure of choice in treating the growing morbidly obese adolescent population.
Since its clinical introduction in Europe, in 1993, more than 100,000 Lap-Band procedures have been performed around the world. In the United States, the FDA approved the Lap-Band procedure in 2001.
The LAP-BAND System is also the only adjustable weight loss surgery available in the United States. The diameter of the band is adjustable to meet your individual needs, which can change as you lose weight. For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.
The most appealing feature of the Lap-Band is the ability to adjust it without additional surgery, allowing a proper fit for every patient, allowing for proper weight loss. A fitted band is the key to successful weight loss. The band, which is placed around the top portion of the stomach, induces weight loss by creating a smaller stomach pouch, which restricts the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time. By adjusting the band the surgeon can adjust the size of the pouch outlet for each patient.
Unlike the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, placement of the Lap-Band does not alter the gastrointestinal tract, and does not reroute or cut intestine or stomach. No stapling or cutting reduces potential surgical complications, such as leakage, obstruction and infection. The Lap-Band is also a procedure that is easily reversible with a very low re-operative risk.