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What are the benefits of the Laparoscopic Adjustable Band?
How many adjustments are needed before I lose weight?
How are the adjustments performed?
How do I know if I need an adjustment?
How much weight will I lose?
What complications are associated with the Laparoscopic Adjustable Band?
Because of the special diet we place you on after your operation, you may lose some weight even without any adjustments. On average, four adjustments are necessary before you lose weight at an expected pace. Some people need only one adjustment; others may need five or six.
In the office, your surgeon or his assistant will clean the area on top of the port with betadine and then numb the skin with lidocaine. A needle is placed through the skin and into the port. Saline is injected at amounts decided on by your surgeon.
If you are not losing an average of one to two pounds a week, or if you do not feel full after eating solid foods, you should have fluid placed in your lap band. Adjustments can be made every four weeks as necessary.
Patients of this procedure lose an average of 40 to 50 percent of their excess weight. The weight loss occurs over a period of two to three years, with the majority of weight loss in the first year.
The gastric lap band surgery is a simpler procedure than other bariatric operations.
However, some long-term complications are possible, including:
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