Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Procedure (AGB)
The Lap-Band procedure is the least invasive of the weight management tool procedures. There is no re-routing of internal organs or cutting/stapling of internal organs. The procedure involves small incisions with minimal scarring and reduced pain, length of hospital stay and reduced recovery period. The process has a reduced risk of complications such as mortality, nutritional deficiencies and hair loss.
The Lap-Band is an individualized adjustable restrictive band operation. A silicone band with an incorporated, inflatable balloon is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. A port is attached to the band via a plastic tube and secured below the skin. The level of restriction is adjusted by accessing the port with a needle in the office. It is removable at any time with no permanent changes to the body.
The procedure reduces the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. The band wraps around the upper part of the stomach, dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch that holds about 1/2 cup of food and a larger lower stomach. As a result, you’ll feel fuller sooner and stay fuller longer. It allows for normal digestion and absorption.
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