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Is Laparoscopic Gastric Banding – LapBand® Surgery Right for Me?

At the Bariatric Center of Kansas City Laparoscopic Gastric Banding – LapBand® surgery is one option for weight loss surgery. Lap-Band surgery is quickly growing in popularity due to the fact that it is much less invasive, has a shorter operation time and a shorter recovery period than other forms of weight loss surgery. The adjustable nature of the band also makes it appealing to many patients.

The average operating time for LapBand surgery is 40 minutes. LapBand surgery Kansas City Bariatric Center patients usually lose 1.5 to 2 pounds per week following surgery, and 50% of their excess weight is typically lost in the first year after the procedure. Patients undergoing Kansas City Lap Band surgery often do not need to stay overnight in the hospital after surgery since the procedure is not as invasive.

The LapBand system is a band that is placed around the stomach, dividing the stomach into two pouches. The upper, smaller pouch receives food and can only hold six to eight ounces ensuring you feel full more quickly.The food then enters the lower, larger pouch of the stomach, which further allows you to feel full for a longer period of time. Since the changes made to the stomach by other surgeries are not made for Lap Band surgery, issues like dumping syndrome are not a concern and patients can typically eat, in moderation, most of the same foods they did before surgery.

You’ll need to be seen on an ongoing basis so that the LabBand can be adjusted to fit your needs. Patients who have a continuous relationship with our medical team tend to be most successful.

  • Determining Candidacy
  • Calculate Your BMI

Certain tests are needed to determine your candidacy. You may need to see a psychologist to evaluate your mental health and to ensure you have reasonable expectations for your surgery. A registered dietitian will help you make a plan to adopt healthy eating habits so your nutritional needs can be met following your surgery. Your surgeon may also refer you to other specialists to conduct these tests, which will determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo surgery or to determine if special measures should be taken to ensure your safety during surgery.

By going through the process to determine whether or not you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, the surgical team is also able to review your medical history and your current health. Once you are cleared to have the surgery, the surgical team will be able to make considerations for whatever needs you may have during surgery. This ensures that you will have optimal chances for success following your surgery.

Next step: Calculate your BMI

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The Bariatric Center of Kansas City is the largest center for laparoscopic weight loss surgery in the Kansas City metropolitan area. We are listed by the Surgical Review Corporation as a Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Dr. Stanley Hoehn has served on university faculties and have received specialty training in the field of laparoscopic weight loss surgery from surgeons who developed laparoscopic techniques. In addition to the dedicated surgeons, we are also staffed with with physician assistants, nursing and supporting staff that have years of experience in providing compassionate, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeryatient-centered care.

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