The Lap-Band® system was introduced in Europe in 1993 and FDA approved in the United States in 2001. It has been the most popular weight loss surgery in Europe and is attracting much interest here.
- Least invasive weight loss surgery
- Shortest recovery time
- No nutritional deficiencies
- Most easily reversible
- Laparoscopic surgical technique
The Lap-Band is positioned around the upper stomach and the infusion port is placed on the abdominal wall under the skin. The band restricts the speed at which food can enter the stomach.
To adjust the band a syringe containing saline is inserted through the skin into the infusion port. Saline is instilled or withdrawn to achieve the desired fill volume and tightness of the band.
Here is an illustration of the band when it is empty and when it has been filled. The secret is to adjust the band so that it is tight enough to make one feel full on a smaller meal, but loose enough to allow food to pass through and not cause pain, reflux, or vomiting.
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