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Laparoscopic Adjustable Band Surgery

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Uploaded on Jun 6, 2011

Performed by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program.

The laparoscopic adjustable band (Lap-Band) is a silicone-inflatable band that is laparoscopically placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. The band is connected to a small port implanted under the skin. By injecting saline into the port, the surgeon can regulate the amount food you can tolerate. Adjustments are made 3-5 times in the first year.

The benefits from the Lap-Band are a sense of feeling full sooner, assisting the limitation of food intake, a slower emptying of food into the digestive system, allowing you to feel full for hours after eating a meal, and the ability to loosen or tighten the band according to your needs.

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