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Dignity Health’s Bariatric Surgery teams offer Lap Band® surgery to help patients overcome obesity.
What Is Lap Band Surgery?
Lap Band surgery is the least invasive surgical weight loss procedure and is performed using a minimally invasive/laparoscopic technique. There is no cutting or stapling of the stomach, or bypassing of the intestines. Lap Band surgery is a restrictive procedure that works by placing a silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch over time. A small tube with a port is attached to the ring and stays inside the body.
About eight weeks after Lap Band surgery, your bariatric surgeon will use a needle to inject a small amount of fluid into the port, which slightly tightens the band around the stomach. You can expect to receive an injection every month until you feel the perfect amount of restriction when eating small amounts of food. We never recommend a band be removed once adequate weight loss has been achieved, but if the band has to be removed due to a complication, the stomach generally returns to its original form.
Am I a Candidate for Lap Band Surgery?
Lap Band surgery is not recommended for patients with certain medical conditions, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions or family history of autoimmune disease. A Dignity Health bariatric surgeon will review your personal health history and determine if Lap Band surgery is the best option for you.
What Type of Support Can I Expect with Lap Band Surgery?
Undergoing bariatric surgery is only one stop on your road to weight loss and improved health. At Dignity Health Sacramento, our bariatric surgeons, specialists and support staff help you every step of the way. We help you decide which bariatric surgery is right for you and stay with you after surgery as you make lifestyle changes. Our services include:
- Introductory education session
- Physician consultation
- Nutrition counseling
- Post-surgery support