Lap Band Surgery Procedure
Lap Band Surgery is minimally invasive, providing the advantages of reduced pain, less time in the hospital and shorter recovery period. There is no cutting or stapling of the stomach or bypassing the intestines during the procedure. If for any reason the lap band needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.
The lap band is a silicone elastomer ring that is placed laparoscopically around the upper part of the stomach. The ring is filled with saline on the inner surface. The lap band is connected by tubing to an access port that is placed beneath the skin during surgery.
The surgeon is able to adjust the lap band by adding or subtracting saline inside the inner balloon via the access port. This ability to adjust the lap band helps drive the rate of weight loss. If weight loss is inadequate as a result of a loose lap band, the surgeon will add more saline to reduce the size of the opening and further restrict the amount of food that can move through it. If the band it too tight, the surgeon will loosen the band by removing some saline, thus reducing the amount of restriction.
After lap band surgery, you will need a new nutrition plan. Discuss this with your surgeon and a dietitian. It is very important to follow the eating and drinking instructions starting right after the operation to allow for complete healing.