A Minimally invasive lap band surgery is a weight loss procedure that works by reducing your stomach capacity and thus, restricting the amount of food you can eat at one time. After undergoing the surgery, you will feel full faster and stay full longer. The procedure is popular because it helps people struggling with obesity lose weight gradually and keep the weight off long-term. The procedure usually takes less than an hour when done on an outpatient basis and less than a day when done on an inpatient basis. The procedure is suitable for individuals with a BMI of 40 and above or a BMI of 30 with one or more obesity-related conditions.
How Minimally Invasive Lap Band Surgery is performed
During the surgery, the surgeon places a saline-filled, adjustable silicone device known as LAP-BAND System around the top part of your stomach using the laparoscopic technique. The laparoscopic technique uses a narrow, tube-shaped instrument with a camera and light on one end called laparoscope. The aim of the tool is to enable the surgeon get a clear visualization of the procedure on a monitor. The laparoscope is inserted through a small abdominal incision. The surgeon also makes other incisions to insert surgical instruments and place the gastric band around the upper part of your stomach as well as adjust the band to fit your unique anatomy.
The LAP-BAND System works by restricting the amount of food that you can eat at one time as well as slow the passage of food to the lower parts of your stomach. The effect of this system on your body is that it will make you feel full sooner and longer. The reduced food consumption will also result in reduced calories intake and thus, achieve significant weight loss. The lap band is made for long-term use as it is made from bio-compatible material. It can also be customized to meet the anatomy of different people. Once the lap band is inserted, the surgeon will then adjust it by adding or removing saline from a small port in the abdomen.
Over time, the surgeon can readjust the band to factor changes in weight loss, dietary or side effects. The surgeon will likely readjust the band about six to eight weeks after the initial weight loss surgery by adding or removing a sterile saline solution through thin tubing that connects to the device. The process is easy and painless. After undergoing the minimally invasive lap band surgery, you should expect to lose about two or three pounds per week in the first few weeks and then about one pound per week. However, the weight loss will substantially decrease after about 18 months and you may require an adjustment to continue losing weight.
The benefits of minimally invasive lap band surgery
The procedure can be adjusted to match individual nutritional changes, which lets you optimize your weight loss over a certain period such as months or years without any need for additional surgery. The procedure is also fully reversible and thus if for any reason you are not comfortable with the band you can request the surgeon to remove it. However, it is important to note that once the band is removed you will be at risk of regaining some or all of the weight you would have lost. The procedure is also considered the least traumatic of all surgical weight loss procedures as it does not involve any cutting, stapling or re-routing of the stomach.