Lap Band

Basic Overview

Gastric banding is a minimally invasive technique which is completely adjustable and therefore reversible.

A silicone band which is hollow and inflatable is fastened around the upper stomach creating a small pouch. The band is then inflated with a saline solution, causing it to tighten. A small port is placed under the skin so that after surgery the band can be tightened or loosened as needed by injecting or removing saline solution through the port.

Advantages

* The least invasive procedure.
* Lower mortality risk.
* No cutting, stapling or re-routing.
* Faster recovery time.
* Lower risk of hair loss.
* No dumping syndrome.
* No malabsorbtion.
* Adjustable and reversible.

Disadvantages

* No deterrent from eating foods high in fat or sugar.
* Frequent follow-ups are required for band adjustments.
* A foreign object which can be subject to mechanical failure or slippage.
* Slower weight loss than other procedures.
* More mixed results.