The LAP-BAND® procedure does not require stomach cutting, stapling, or intestinal re-routing. Surgeons typically use a laparoscopic technique. Laparoscopy involves the surgeon making tiny incisions and inserting thin surgical instruments and a camera through a small tube, into the patient’s body. The surgeon uses the camera and a video monitor to see inside the patient’s abdomen and to securely place the LAP-BAND® System around the upper part of the patient’s stomach.
Through tubing and an access port placed beneath the skin of the abdomen, the LAP-BAND® can be adjusted by a doctor, without the need to return to surgery. Adjustment helps speed up or slow down the rate of weight loss, depending on individual patients’ needs and changes over time. The patient’s doctor/surgeon will determine if such adjustments need to be made.
In the first month after surgery, patients meet with their doctor/surgeon two to four times, then every four to 12 weeks during the first year to monitor health, weight loss, and continued adjustment to a new life.
While the LAP-BAND® System is an effective treatment for being overweight or obese, it is not a “magic bullet.” It is a single tool that helps support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite, and slowing digestion. Your motivation and commitment to adopt a new lifestyle are extremely important for long-term weight loss. New eating habits must be adhered to for the rest of your life, and exercise is an equally important part of a healthy new lifestyle.
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