Bariatric Procedure Profile: LapBand Surgical Weight Loss Procedure
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.