Lap Band Surgery – What, Who, How & Where?

Being overweight is a lot more serious threat than anticipated. It brings several other complications as add- ons. Thankfully, with the help of advanced medical approach, now losing weight is rather convenient. Adjustable gastric band is one of such weight reduction surgery methods. Let’s understand various aspects of it.

What is an adjustable lap band?

Adjustable gastric banding or simply lap band is a surgical method to achieve significant weight loss of the body by the means of making the stomach smaller. It is done by tying an inflatable band to the stomach and limiting the amount of food intake.

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Who are qualified to have it?

Just like any other surgical procedure, this weight reduction surgery technique cannot be done solely based on an individual’s or a doctor’s will. In order to qualify for undergoing this procedure, an individual must possess BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more.

Though if someone is having a BMI above 30 accompanied by some obesity related health complications such as sleep apnea or osteoarthritis, then lap band technique can be executed. Several times, an individual is allowed to undergo it, only if other method of losing weight, such as diet control or exercise hasn’t yielded any desirable results.

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How is this procedure carried out?

An inflatable band is tied around the upper portion of the stomach. This band, made up of silicon, is not inflated during the surgery itself. But after a short duration, it is inflated by adding salt water. This divides the stomach into a larger bottom portion and a smaller pouch at the top. This small pouch is what stores the food as the person eats. Since the size of the stomach is reduced significantly, the individual feels full sooner than usual.

In long term, this results in much lesser consumption of food with full satisfaction (as it leads to fewer hunger pangs. And thus, the individual loses significant weight in comparably lesser time period. Moreover, with the help of a port, which is implanted just beneath the skin, the silicon band can be adjusted to make the pouch smaller or larger depending upon the needs of the individual.

This is a surgical approach in the world of bariatric surgery, in which no major or permanent change is made in the digestive system. In fact, this entire procedure can be easily reversed by removing the band.

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Where to go for the adjustable lap band method?

ILS Bariatric Care, a unit of the prestigious ILS group is entirely dedicated to help people suffering from obesity to achieve ideal body weight. It offers several bariatric surgery approaches suitable for an individual based on his needs and conditions.