This animation provides a visual demonstration of how the LAP-BAND® is placed. After making an incision in the abdomen, Dr. St. Laurent will insert the REALIZE Band through a device called a trocar that serves as a passageway for surgical instruments. Once placed around the stomach, the REALIZE Band can be inflated with saline to compress the stomach.

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To gain access to the abdominal cavity, small incisions are created on the abdomen. Trocars, which serve as passageways for the surgical instruments, are placed into the incisions. The surgical instruments are passed through the trocars to access the abdominal cavity. The surgeon examines the abdominal cavity using a laparoscope or video camera. In preparation for the band, a tunnel is created behind the stomach. The REALIZE Band is introduced to the abdomen through a trocar. The REALIZE Band is positioned around the upper portion of the stomach and then secured using the locking mechanism. A tube attached to the REALIZE Band will be connected to the injection port. The port is used to adjust the band tightness after surgery. An incision is made on the upper abdomen to insert the REALIZE injection port beneath the skin. The tube is secured using the locking connector on the port. The injection port and tube are placed beneath the skin. The REALIZE Band does not alter your digestive function. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the normal route. Your surgeon may tighten the REALIZE Band by injecting saline into the injection port. As the saline is introduced into the REALIZE injection port, it travels through the tube to the band. The addition of saline to the band creates a smaller upper stomach pouch. This smaller stomach pouch decreases the amount of food you can eat before feeling full. As with all weight loss procedures, behavior modification and dietary compliance plays a critical part in determining the long-term success of the procedure. All surgery presents risks. Weight, age and medical history determine your specific risks. Ask your doctor of bariatric surgery is right for you.

Dr. Matthew St. Laurent

Northwest Endosurgical

At Northwest Endosurgical in Houston, Texas, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent helps patients achieve dramatic weight loss and improved health through bariatric surgery. Dr. St. Laurent is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in greater Houston, and he is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Obesity Action Coalition
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Texas Medical Association
  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

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