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Questions About Lap Band Surgery
What is a Lap-Band?
The Lap-Band® System is a surgically implanted device used to help a person lose weight. During surgery, the lap-band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that can hold only a small amount of food. The narrowed opening between the stomach pouch and the rest of the stomach controls how quickly food passes from the pouch to the lower part of the stomach. The system helps the patient eat less by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and increasing the time it takes for food to be digested.
Depending on the patients needs, after the device is implanted the narrowed opening between the pouch and the lower part of the stomach can be adjusted in size by inflating or deflating the hollow band. Inflating the band makes the opening smaller, causing food to pass more slowly. Deflating the band makes it wider, causes food to pass more quickly. This adjustment is made by adding or removing fluid inside the hollow band. The doctor does this by injecting or removing the fluid through a small button-like part called the access port. This access port is placed under the skin in a muscle in the chest wall. The port is connected to the band by the tubing.
The lap-band® system is used for weight loss in severely obese adults who have been obese for at least five years and for whom non-surgical weight loss methods have not been successful. They must be willing to make major changes in their eating habits and lifestyle. Patients must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40, a BMI of at least 35 with one or more severe morbid (unhealthy) conditions, or be at least 100 pounds over their estimated ideal weight.
It may help the patient lose weight. In the U.S. study, the average weight loss was 36 percent of a patients excess weight three years after the device was implanted. More than half of the patients lost at least 25 percent of their excess weight; some patients lost over 75 percent, but some lost no weight.
Most weight loss surgery patients experienced at least one side effect. Common side effects include nausea and vomiting, heartburn, abdominal pain, and slippage of the band. The most serious side effects required either another operation or hospitalization.
It should not be used for people who are poor candidates for weight loss surgery, have certain stomach or intestinal disorders, have an infection, have to take aspirin frequently, or are addicted to alcohol or drugs. It should not be used on patients who are not able or willing to follow the rules for diet and exercise that are recommended by the doctor after weight loss surgery.
No, in fact lap band weight loss surgery may increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
Lap Band surgery is performed under a general anesthetic and takes about 75 minutes. Because it is a mini-invasive surgical procedure, the patient normally spends a total of 3 days in the hospital, and can generally resume their activities and be back at work within one week if need be.
After surgery, patients need to learn new dietary habits. While this new eating pattern is being established, they should expect some episodes of vomiting. For up to three days after surgery in the hospital, only small amounts of clear liquids will be allowed. Solid foods will not be introduced until clear liquids and soft foods can be consumed. The progression to solids is slow and varies among patients.
Since laparoscopic surgery is mini-invasive, there is minimal scarring. Typically, patients have 5 to 6 small incisions that usually heal quickly.
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