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Lap-Band Surgery


Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or Lap-Band surgery 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.

Benefits of Lap-Band Surgery

  • Can be placed laparoscopically.
  • The intestines are not re-routed.
  • It is adjustable and reversible.
  • Weight loss is gradual which can decrease formation of gallstones.
  • Nutritional deficiencies are less likely because malabsorption does not occur.

Risks of Lap-Band Surgery

  • Injury to the stomach at the time of surgery can occur.
  • The band can become infected which would require re-operation for removal.
  • The band can “slip” which would require further surgery to correct.
  • There is a 3-10% major complication rate which may require further surgery.
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Manhattan Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Program

The Lenox Hill Hospital/Manhattan Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Program specializes in minimally invasive weight loss surgery options for obese and morbidly obese weight loss patients.

Represented by New York weight loss surgeons Dr. Mitchell Roslin and Dr. Edward Yatco, MMIBS specializes in gastric Sleeve, gastric bypass surgery (laparoscopic and open), duodenal switch and the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding Systemal along with revisional surgery.

MMIBS weight loss in New York offers a surgical support team that takes a comprehensive approach to weight loss surgery. The team includes full pre-operative education, nutritional counseling, exercise guidance, and individual and group counseling opportunities.