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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND)

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND) services offered in Wildomar, Temecula, Hemet and Corona, CA

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND)

If you struggle to eliminate excess weight, consider weight loss surgery at Murrieta Valley Surgery Associates with offices in Wildomar, Temecula, Hemet, and Corona, California. The skilled general, vascular, and bariatric surgeons provide laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND) to make reaching your goal weight faster and easier. Schedule a consultation by phone or online today to learn more.

What is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND)?

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, also called LAP-BAND, is a less invasive weight loss procedure than other bariatric surgeries. The procedure consists of a silicone band tightened around the upper part of your stomach to reduce its size. The treatment helps you feel full after eating fewer calories.

Your surgeon adjusts the size of the band after surgery, without the need for additional procedures, to achieve long-lasting success.

What are the benefits of LAP-BAND?

The advantages of LAP-BAND include:

  • Short recovery times
  • Easy, fast weight loss
  • Highly effective results
  • Self-confidence
  • More energy
  • Reduced risk of chronic diseases
  • Easier disease management
  • Better quality of life

LAP-BAND procedures use tiny incisions in your upper abdomen, rather than large incisions. 

Am I a candidate for LAP-BAND?

To determine if you’re a candidate for a LAP-BAND weight loss procedure, the Murrieta Valley Surgery Associates experts weigh you, determine your body mass index (BMI), check your vital signs, and complete a physical exam. They discuss your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle habits. You might need blood tests, imaging procedures, or additional diagnostic testing. 

Weight loss surgery can treat severe obesity. It’s particularly useful for people who have tried other weight loss methods without long-term success. 

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if your BMI is over 40 or is 35-40, along with high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, or Type 2 diabetes. 

How should I prepare for LAP-BAND surgery?

Before surgery, undergo nutrition counseling and begin losing weight with healthy lifestyle changes. Avoid smoking and taking certain medications in the days leading up to surgery. Don’t eat or drink after midnight before surgery.

What can I expect during a LAP-BAND procedure?

You first receive general anesthesia to make you fall asleep. Your surgeon makes tiny incisions near your upper abdomen and inserts a laparoscope. 

They place adjustable gastric bands around the upper part of your stomach to tighten it and reduce its size. Your surgeon also inserts a port under the skin of your abdomen and connects a tube to it. They then close the incisions. Your procedure may take 30-60 minutes. 

What happens after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND)?

After surgery, have a loved one drive you home and stay with you. Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity until given the OK. 

You can typically go home the day after surgery but must follow a liquid diet for the first 1-2 weeks. Use the meal schedule provided by your surgeon. Progress to soft foods and eventually regular foods. Take vitamins as directed, exercise regularly, and attend all follow-up appointments.

Schedule a laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND) consultation at Murrieta Valley Surgery Associates by phone or online today.