How do the Lap-Band & REALIZE Band Systems work?
Lap-Band gastric band works to help you achieve safe weight loss. Unlike any other bariatric procudure, there is no stapling of the stomach, no parts of the digestive system are removed, and nothing is “re-routed”. It is totally adjustible, and can even be later removed if desired or necessary, though it is intended to be left in place permanently.
How is Gastric Band Surgery Performed?
Lap-Band and REALIZE band surgery are performed laparoscopically–meaning thorought tiny incisions using special instruments and a videoscope. Because it is minimally invasive surgery, it is generally performed on an outpatient basis without the need to spend even one night in the hospital.
What is a Band Adjustment, and How is It Done?
This silent 30 second animated sequence demonstrates how the Lap-Band can be adjusted by simply injecting saline through the port which is located just below the skin surface.
When saline is added, the ring of the band becomes smaller and tighter, causing food to move more slowly into the stomach. This can be used to make you feel full longer and eat less, thus increasing the speed at which you will lose weight.
When saline is removed from the band, the opposite effect occurs–you can consume more food and digest it faster. This may be useful for patients that become pregnant or otherwise have a temporary need for more nutrition. No other weight loss surgical procedure has the ability to be adjusted to meet your nutritional needs that may change throughtout your life.