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Bariatric Procedure Profile: LapBand Surgical Weight Loss Procedure

Weight Loss

The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band, or LapBand procedure, is a surgical treatment for obesity. It is performed through very small incisions in the abdomen with the help of a small camera, making it one of the least invasive bariatric surgical options. The surgery causes weight loss with the use of an adjustable band that is placed around the stomach, effectively decreasing the amount of food that can pass into it.

To perform the procedure, the doctor makes several keyhole incisions in the abdomen. Gas is pumped into the incisions to inflate the abdomen and make it easier for the doctor to see through the laparoscope, which is a tiny camera mounted on a lighted flexible tube. Using the camera to send images to a monitor, the doctor then places an adjustable band around the top of the stomach and fastens it into place. Tubing is placed from the band to a port in the abdominal wall, allowing the band to be adjusted with a needle syringe at a later date, if needed. The incisions are then closed.

The LapBand procedure is meant for those with a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or greater or those with a BMI of 35-39.9 with life-threatening, obesity-related medical conditions. The procedure itself normally takes 30-60 minutes, with a hospital stay of one to two days on average.

The success of the surgery depends on the patient’s dedication to continued weight loss. If the patient makes the necessary changes in exercise habits and diet and continues to follow up with the doctor, it will be possible to experience the surgery’s benefits. These benefits include:

  • Improvement in diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, high cholesterol, and other obesity-related conditions
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Improved exercise tolerance and stamina
  • Improved mood, self-confidence, and overall quality of life

Riverside Community Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss provides bariatric weight loss procedures for our patients who are committed to living a healthier life through weight loss. Speak with one of our nurses by calling (951) 788-3000, or contact us online.


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The Well-Woman Exam: Every Woman, Every Year - Scott Hayworth, MD

Consistent preventative medicine is an important factor in maintaining good health. Exercise and a nutritious diet are helpful, but regular tests, screenings, and checkups can also aid in the prevention of certain diseases.

ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology) recommends that every woman has a well-woman exam once per year, among other screenings and tests. Watch the video to learn more women’s health tips.

At Riverside Community Hospital, we offer comprehensive care for women, including a breast imaging center. To learn more about our services, contact us today at (951) 788-3000.


The Well-Woman Exam: Every Woman, Every Year - Scott Hayworth, MD

Consistent preventative medicine is an important factor in maintaining good health. Exercise and a nutritious diet are helpful, but regular tests, screenings, and checkups can also aid in the prevention of certain diseases.

ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology) recommends that every woman has a well-woman exam once per year, among other screenings and tests. Watch the video to learn more women’s health tips.

At Riverside Community Hospital, we offer comprehensive care for women, including a breast imaging center. To learn more about our services, contact us today at (951) 788-3000.


Check Out These Online Resources to Learn More about our Recent Blog Topics!

Online Medical Research

If you are interested in more information on breast cancer, eye injuries and conditions, orthopedic surgery, or neurological services, then check out some of these great resources.

  • Visit this link from Riverside Community Hospital’s health content articles for more information on breast cancer.

  • This article from cancer.org provides statistics on breast cancer.

  • Make sure you know how to prevent vision problems and eye injuries with this health content article from Riverside Community Hospital.

  • What is ACL surgery? Find out with this overview from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

  • Learn more about anterior cruciate ligament surgery with this procedure overview from RCH.

  • This link from Riverside Community Hospital discusses the symptoms and risk factors for neuropathic pain.

  • Check out this link from Riverside Community Hospital’s health content articles for more information on epilepsy

  • What makes stereotactic radiosurgery unique? Find out with this procedure overview from radiologyinfo.org.  

  • Learn more about neurosurgery with this link from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

For more information, give Riverside Community Hospital a call at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website.


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