Lap Band Surgery for Weight Loss
Lap Band, also known as Adjustable Gastric Banding, is one of the bariatric surgery types performed by highly skilled weight loss surgeons at Loyola Medicine.
Lap Band surgery limits the amount of food the stomach can hold, which helps you eat less and feel full more quickly. Loyola’s multidisciplinary team of weight loss experts works with you to determine if Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery is the right weight loss option for you.
Benefits of Lap Band Surgery
Surgery is a tool to help you lose weight. If you and your surgeon determine that surgery is right for you, you will still be required to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise. Loyola’s multidisciplinary team of experts will partner with you to support your weight loss efforts through surgery and beyond.
Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery has several benefits, including:
- Minimal stress to your body, because your digestive system is neither cut nor rerouted
- Short recovery time; most patients can return to work within a week
- The band can be adjusted according to your weight loss goals
- If needed, the procedure can be reversed or converted to another bariatric surgery
Why Choose Loyola for Lap Band Surgery?
Expert weight loss doctors at Loyola have performed a large number of Adjustable Gastric Banding surgeries and Loyola is designated as a Comprehensive Center by The American College of Surgeons, making it one of Chicagoland’s premier weight loss centers.
What to Expect
What to Expect with Lap Band Surgery
At Loyola, our expert bariatric surgeons use small, minimally invasive incisions to perform this gastric surgery. During the procedure, your bariatric surgeon places an inflatable silicone collar or band around the upper part of your stomach, creating a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. The upper stomach pouch restricts the amount of food you can eat before you feel full.
The band is connected by a tube to a port just under the skin of your abdomen, through which it can be filled with saline solution or another fluid. Adding fluid inflates the band, turning it into a fatter donut shape and restricting food from passing to the lower pouch.
You will need to make multiple visits to your bariatric doctor after surgery so that the band can be progressively inflated.
Risks of Lap Band Surgery
Although Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery is minimally invasive and poses relatively small risks to you as a patient, there are some risks associated with the procedure:
- Average weight loss is generally less than Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or Duodenal Switch
- Complications include the possibility of band slippage, device infection or malfunction
- The band does not physically restrict what you can eat, only how much
- Frequent visits to your Loyola bariatric doctor to adjust the band, though these visits are short and painless
- You will have the device in you for the rest of your life
To ensure long-term success of bariatric surgery, you must make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise.
Weight Loss Locations at Loyola
Loyola offers medical weight loss opportunities at the Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care at Melrose Park, 719 W. North Avenue in Melrose Park, while surgeries are performed at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Weight loss seminars and support groups are available at several locations across the Chicagoland area. Find all locations.