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Approved by the FDA in June 2001, the LAP-BAND System is the safest, least invasive and only adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. It induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach; this restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. Since its clinical introduction in 1993, over 200,000 LAP-BAND procedures have been performed around the world.

How the Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System Works:


The LAP-BAND® System was developed to facilitate long-term weight loss and reduce the health risks associated with severe and morbid obesity. Unlike gastric bypass, it does not involve stomach cutting, stapling or intestinal re-routing. Using laparoscopic surgical techniques, the device is placed around the top portion of the patient’s stomach, creating a small pouch. By reducing stomach capacity, the LAP-BAND® System can help achieve long-term weight loss by creating an earlier feeling of satiety. The LAP-BAND® System is adjustable, which means that the inflatable band can be tightened or loosened to help the patient achieve a level of satiety while maintaining a healthy diet. It is also reversible and can be removed at any time.

Minimally Invasive Approach

During your LAP-BAND surgery in Los Angeles, a Brand Surgical Institute surgeon will use laparoscopic techniques to implant an inflatable silicone band in your abdomen. This procedure involves making small incisions and using long-shafted instruments to fasten the band around the upper stomach to create a new, smaller stomach pouch. This will limit and control the amount of food you eat. It also creates a smaller outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.

Safest and Least Traumatic Procedure

Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in LAP-BAND in Los Angeles and in general, it is considered the safest and the least traumatic procedure compared to other weight loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery. If for any reason the LAP-BAND System needs to be removed, the stomach does return to its original size and configuration.

Adjustable Treatment

The LAP-BAND System is also the only adjustable weight loss surgery. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight loss rate. Your individual needs can change as you lose weight after LAP-BAND surgery in Glendale. For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.

To modify the size of the band, its circumference can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed well below the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin.

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