Lap-band surgery is a procedure that limits the amount of food your stomach can hold by wrapping an adjustable band around the upper portion of your stomach. Typically, people who receive this surgery will feel full sooner while eating. This may lead to significant extra weight loss as a result. Less invasive than gastric bypass, as well as reversible, lap-band surgery, might be a good fit for you. Contact Dr. Andrew Hargroder in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a consultation on lap-band or weight loss treatment options.
How does lap-band surgery work?
Lap-band surgery is performed laparoscopically, meaning the Dr. Hargroder goes in through small incisions in your abdomen. General anesthesia is used, and most people go home from the hospital within 24 hours.
First, Dr. Hargroder places the band around the upper part of your stomach. He cinches the band so that there’s a small opening for food to get through. Digestion occurs normally, as the food eventually passes through the opening of the band and into the remaining part of your stomach.
Over time, Dr. Hargroder can reduce or enlarge the size of the opening with repeated adjustments or “fills.” (It’s called a fill because it’s done by filling the band with sterile saline, which goes through a port placed just under your skin.) Dr. Hargroder makes adjustments based on your needs: to make sure you feel full at the right time and are still getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need.
What does the recovery for lap-band surgery involve?
Your incisions take a few weeks to heal, but you should be able to get back to work in four to seven days. After a month to six weeks, you can resume exercising.
You begin with a liquid diet and slowly move to solid foods. Dr. Hargroder and his nutritionist can help you with post-op meal planning to help your stomach heal properly.
As far as lap-band adjustments, every patient is different. It sometimes takes up to 10 or more fill adjustments in the first year to get it right, but most people have far less. Adjustments can be done in-office and don’t require any preparation.
How much weight will I lose after lap-band surgery?
Results vary from patient to patient, but excess weight loss after lap-band surgery is usually around 40-60%. While it’s been reported that gastric bypass patients lose weight faster in the first year, at five years many lap-band patients have lost amounts comparable to gastric bypass patients.
There are advantages and disadvantages to every weight loss procedure, and it’s important to discuss your lifestyle, needs, and medical history with Dr. Hargroder before choosing a treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hargroder at his Baton Rouge, Louisiana office to discuss whether this treatment is the best for you.
PO Box 82485 Baton Rouge, LA 70884-2485