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.