Understanding How LAP-BAND Works and Whether It's Right for You

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Hundreds of thousands of people choose to have weight-loss surgery each year. One of their surgical options is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, a type of surgery in which an adjustable band placed around the stomach limits the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full.

Here at Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent offers LAP-BAND gastric banding surgery to qualified patients.

If you’re wondering how LAP-BAND works and whether it’s the right choice for you, Dr. Laurent would like to share some important information about this bariatric surgery option.

How LAP-BAND surgery works

There are several kinds of procedures available to people who can benefit from weight-loss surgery. Each of these options offers different advantages and risks.

LAP-BAND surgery is a procedure in which Dr. Laurent places a specially designed, patented band device around the stomach. The device contains an inner inflatable band that, when activated, creates a smaller pouch for food.

Because this pouch leaves room for less food than your whole stomach, it allows you to feel full sooner after eating, which can lead to weight loss.

Patients like the LAP-BAND procedure because it is minimally invasive, which means it needs only small incisions for placement. It also requires minimal modifications to your stomach or intestines, which means it can be reversed if you decide that you no longer want to have a LAP-BAND.

Benefits of the LAP-BAND procedure

LAP-BAND offers patients various advantages. Because it’s minimally invasive, LAP-BAND surgery requires shorter hospital stays and typically requires less recuperation time than some other types of bariatric surgery.

And although any type of surgery carries some risk, LAP-BAND has potentially fewer risks associated with it than any other type of bariatric surgery.

Keep in mind that to minimize the chances of complications of any kind, Dr. St. Laurent and his team guide you through a careful presurgery screening and preparation process. Fortunately, LAP-BAND surgery is very safe.

Who should consider LAP-BAND surgery?

Dr. St. Laurent works with you to decide whether you qualify for weight-loss surgery, and if so, which type of procedure would best help you reach your weight goals. In general, patients tend to be good candidates for LAP-BAND surgery if they:

Get answers to all of your bariatric surgery questions

If you’re considering LAP-BAND or any other type of weight-loss surgery, Dr. St. Laurent and our caring team at Northwest EndoSurgical stand ready to help. Call our office to make an appointment or book a visit online today.

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