If you’re struggling with losing weight, but you’re concerned about having major surgery that permanently alters your anatomy, the Lap-Band® System is a safe, effective, and reversible procedure that can help you lose up to 65% of your excess weight within a year. A consultation with the expert team at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona can determine if the Lap-Band is right for you. There are two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call the office today, or book an appointment online.
The Lap-Band is a soft, saline-filled ring that is placed around your stomach, creating a small pouch, which slows the passage of food to the digestive system. The gastric band also limits the amount of food you can eat at each meal. The Lap-Band is placed laparoscopically, using tiny incisions, so postoperative pain and recovery times are minimal compared with major surgical procedures.
The Lap-Band can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the amount of saline inside it through a tube connected to an access port. The access port is surgically implanted beneath your skin; it can’t be seen, and in most cases, it can’t even be felt.
Because the Lap-Band procedure doesn’t reconfigure your stomach or small intestine and is performed laparoscopically, it’s less painful than other bariatric surgeries, with a shorter recovery time. Although weight loss with the Lap-Band is not as rapid as with other procedures, periodic adjustments to the band will help you continue to lose weight.
Losing weight reduces the risk of many conditions, including:
Unlike most weight loss surgeries, the Lap-Band procedure is reversible, and the gastric band and access port can be removed.
Approximately six weeks after your surgery, your doctor will make your first adjustment, also known as a “fill.” Adjustments are simple, in-office procedures in which a needle attached to a saline drip is inserted into the Lap-Band port. The Lap-Band can also be loosened by draining saline from the device.
Over the first year, you can expect to have five to eight adjustments.
A full consultation with a provider at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona will determine if you’re a good candidate for the Lap-Band. Because it is less aggressive than other weight loss surgeries, the Lap-Band requires a solid commitment to an appropriate diet. The Lap-Band is not a fast weight loss solution, but over time it offers real results that will make you look and feel you're very best.
To find out more about the Lap-Band System, schedule a consultation online or by phone, or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.