Lap band, or more professionally known as the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) is one of the mostly carried out procedures for obesity surgery in India. It is aimed to help the people with either BMI more than 40 or a BMI between 35- 40 along with one or more obesity associated disorders, such as sleep apnea, diabetes, and osteoarthritis.
The lap band method is a unique surgery, in which the stomach is temporarily resized, instead of slicing it away, permanently like the other types of obesity surgery in India. In simple words, it is an entirely reversible surgery. When the individual reaches the r ideal weight goal, the band can be untied and retraced back, leaving the entire stomach intact like before the surgical procedure.
In a lab band procedure, the band like inflatable device, made up of silicon is tied around on the top portion of the stomach. This band creates a small pouch like compartment of the stomach on the top and left the reaming larger portion of the stomach at the bottom. The upper chamber is all there is to store and accommodate food. This smaller portion ensures the individual consumes a much lesser amount of the food for the entire duration, as long as the band remains in place.
As already mentioned, the band is inflatable, by adding or removing saline water in it, the band can be tightened or loosened. This feature comes handy as it mitigates any need of opening and stitching close the stomach over and over to achieve desirable grip in the stomach. The stomach pouch can be further reduced to achieve more weight loss by tightening the grip and vice versa.
Two of most distinguishable advantages that a lap band offers are the better results in terms of phycology and collateral complications. Let’s understand them one by one. Several individuals have a hard time accepting to undergo obesity surgery, a permanent solution, fearing the discrimination, particularly in nations like India. Since the lap band is a temporary method, it provides a mental satisfaction that the procedure is only for a duration.
Coming to the next point, of possible collateral complications. In rare cases, individual experiences a harmless but rather irritating condition called the dumping syndrome post-bariatric surgery. It has been found that the risks of developing the same are the least, almost nil, in a case of lap band technique.
In a nutshell, the lap band obesity surgery method is one of the best surgery technique to battle obesity.