At JourneyLite, the surgeons who practice in our facilities have vast experience in the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure, most commonly referred to as the LAP-BAND® System or the Realize™ Band. All surgery is performed laparoscopically on an outpatient basis, so you will have surgery in the morning and should be discharged to go home a few hours later to enjoy the comforts of your own bed that night.
How it works
The adjustable gastric banding procedure is the only adjustable and reversible weight-loss surgery available in the United States today and is performed by making several tiny incisions in the upper abdomen. Small instruments – including a laparoscopic camera – are inserted through these tiny incisions into the abdomen. A silastic band is securely placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger stomach.
Because the pouch can hold only about an ounce or two of food, the quantity of food eaten is greatly reduced and a feeling of fullness is easily obtained. The narrow passage between the new, small pouch and the lower stomach allows food to empty slowly into the stomach where normal digestion occurs.
The diameter of the band can be adjusted by adding or removing saline from the band via a port that rests just underneath the skin. By adjusting the diameter of the band, the speed at which food empties into the stomach increases or decreases, thus allowing for continued weight loss long-term.
Advantages may include:
- weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week
- less impact on the anatomy
- low risk of complications
- proven success
- long-term control
- a shorter recovery period
- normal digestion and absorption of food energy and nutrition
Disadvantages may include:
- slower weight-loss (1-2lbs. per week)
- less weight-loss (for some patients)
- foreign body