Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a weight loss operation that has been performed since 1993. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band was introduced in the United States during clinical trials that were under FDA review. Lenox Hill Hospital was one of the clinical trial sites. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band was approved for wide distribution by the FDA in 2001. According to the manufacturer of the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band, they have been placed in over 300,000 patients worldwide .
The LAP-BAND® System is used at our Manhattan bariatric surgery practice in New York City. It has a silicone balloon which can be inflated by injecting sterile saline into a subcutaneous port. Inflating the band restricts the passage of food into and through the stomach and reduces the amount that a person needs to eat in order to feel full. Weight loss occurs because people get full much faster, therefore less food is ingested. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band is inflated in an outpatient setting in established increments over a period of time to provide continued weight loss. Weight loss results average 60-68% of excess weight at 2-3 years.
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