Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding or Lap Banding Surgery is a non-invasive, restrictive procedure places a hollow, silicone ring, or band, around the main portion of the stomach, and a port is secured under the skin of the abdomen.
The band creates a small passageway between the uppermost part and the rest of the stomach. This narrow passageway restricts the amount of food required to feel “full,” so less is eaten, which promotes weight loss.
The degree of stomach restriction is controlled by the amount of fluid in the band. Band fluid is adjusted with the injection or removal of fluid through the port. Both the band and the port remain in place until surgically removed.
Patients can expect regular office appointments, as adjustments to band tightness may be needed. Regular follow-up is mandatory and supplementation is commonly needed for as long as the band is present.
Lap Banding Surgery is reversible.