Lap Band Surgery

Lap-Band Surgery for Weight Loss

  • Limits the amount of food you can eat
  • Food is digested and absorbed normally
  • Adjustable and completely reversible

Lap-Band or gastric band surgery is performed by placing a band around the top part of the stomach to create a smaller section of stomach. The stomach becomes full on a smaller amount of food. The stomach also empties more slowly, thereby relieving hunger. Digestion occurs normally and food absorption is not affected.

If the rate of weight loss is not where you want it to be, the band can be adjusted or removed.

Is the Lap-Band Right for You?

  • Body mass index (BMI) higher than 40
  • BMI between 30-40 with one or more weight-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea
  • Willingness to make a life-long commitment to new eating habits

Bariatric surgeons at Hackensack Meridian Health are highly experienced in gastric band surgery. We can help you decide if this approach is right for you.

Advantages of Lap-Band Surgery

  • Faster recovery than other types of weight loss surgery
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach
  • No intestinal re-routing
  • Adjustable without surgery
  • Individualized size restriction
  • Compatible with pregnancy
  • Completely reversible to restore normal stomach anatomy
  • No dumping syndrome – symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness or diarrhea – when eating too much sugar or large amounts of food
  • No risk of anemia

Potential Disadvantages of Lap-Band Surgery

  • Access port may leak or twist, requiring surgery to correct the problem
  • Lack of feeling satisfied that you’ve had enough to eat
  • Band may slip out of place
  • Band may erode into the stomach wall
  • Lower percentage of weight loss than with gastric bypass surgery
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Our team of experts create a personalized plan unique to each patient. Our physicians have extensive experience in performing weight loss surgeries and our programs consistently deliver high quality care, outcomes and long term success.

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