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FAQs: Lap Band Surgery

  • 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?

    What are the benefits of the Laparoscopic Adjustable Band?

    • It is the only weight loss surgery that can be done on an outpatient basis
    • The system is easily reversible
    • It allows you to fully digest vitamins and minerals in food

    How many adjustments are needed before I lose weight?

    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.

    How are the adjustments performed?

    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.

    How do I know if I need an adjustment?

    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.

    How much weight will I lose?

    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.

    What complications are associated with the Laparoscopic Adjustable Band?

    The gastric lap band surgery is a simpler procedure than other bariatric operations.

    However, some long-term complications are possible, including:

    • The band can slip or twist out of position and cause reflux and difficultly with foods, affecting weight loss
    • The band has also been known to erode into the stomach. This can be a serious problem that requires an operation and removal of the system.
    • Rarely, the gastric band can become infected, which is generally a cause for removal
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