Exploring the Benefits of LAP-BAND® Surgery
LAP-BAND® surgery can allow patients to lose weight in a healthy manner by controlling the appetite. Houston-area patients can benefit even more by having this procedure performed by the skilled hands of board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent.
LAP-BAND® surgery is a minimally invasive approach to obesity with long-term benefits. Weight loss averages 40 to 60 percent of excess body weight.
What Are the Benefits of LAP-BAND® Surgery?
All bariatric surgeries have the same goal in mind: reducing stomach size to help people better control their appetites and allow them to lose weight. Many procedures require significant modifications to be made to the stomach and/or intestines; however, LAP-BAND® surgery is unique because it has no such requirements. Instead, the stomach is reduced by “banding” it to create a smaller upper pouch that holds less food.
After having LAP-BAND® surgery, patients are able to lose weight slowly over a period of time. Many are able to continue losing weight for up to three years afterwards. Should a patient feel that wearing his or her LAP-BAND® is no longer necessary; a second surgery can be performed to remove it.
Aside from helping with weight loss, LAP-BAND® surgery has a few other benefits, including the following:
- Has less discomfort during and immediately after the procedure
- Produces fewer side effects
- Comes with a shorter recovery time and hospital stay
- Can allow patients to resume normal activities much sooner
- Can be adjusted an indefinite number of times
- Is reversible
- Will not interfere with pregnancy
The LAP-BAND® was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Since that time, thousands of patients have safely had LAP-BANDs® placed, resulting in a significant amount of safe weight loss.
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Losing weight safely can be a reality for those who have struggled to lose excess pounds over the years, thanks to the FDA-approved LAP-BAND® procedure. Houston patients can find out more by contacting Dr. Matthew St. Laurent at 281-301-1404.