Gastric Banding (LapBand) Surgery

Adjustable Gastric Band

Performing Gastric Banding (LapBand) Surgery is what we do. At JSAPA Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Procedures, Dr Cywes has performed over 800,000 success stories! Discover your weight loss and Call Us Today to Learn More.

Gastric banding (LapBand) is placing an adjustable band around the top portion of a person’s stomach reducing its capacity and creating a small pouch above the band with the remainder of the stomach below. The two parts are connected by means of a small opening created by the band. Food will pass through from the upper stomach pouch more slowly, which means you will feel full longer.

One benefit of the band is the ability to adjust it by adding or removing saline. Inflating the band with saline increases its restrictive abilities, increasing the rate of weight loss. Deflating the band allows food to pass through the stomach at a faster rate and reduces weight loss. Inflating and deflating the band is done by injecting or removing saline through the access port, which is placed under the skin on muscle, connected by a tube to the band.

The main function of the band is to restrict the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full resulting in weight loss. By slowing the passage of food from the small stomach pouch to the rest of the stomach allows the person to feel full longer. Acting together, the smaller stomach size and delayed emptying allows the person to control the amount of food they eat and lose weight.
Some benefits of gastric band surgery include: minimal trauma, fewer risks, adjustable, reversible and is an effective long-term weight management solution.

Gastric bands are normally inserted using laparoscopic surgery. Instead of a large abdominal incision, a bariatric surgeon inserts special instruments through a series of small holes in the abdominal wall. Laparoscopic surgery usually means shorter recovery time, less scaring, less risk of infection, and reduced discomfort from the procedure.

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Weight Loss Testimonials and Tips

Jackie: LAP-BAND Success

  • By Robert Cywes
  • on Apr 19, 2009
I've lost 115 lbs.- This was the best decision of my life - I'm no longer a med-dependent diabetic. I can say I'm healthy and very happy - I am able to do things I've never been able to do!
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Sue: LAP-BAND Success

  • By Robert Cywes
  • on May 19, 2009
For as long as I can remember, I have been on a diet. Cabbage soup, cookies, starvation - nothing ever seemed enough or made me want to stay on it long term. Just over a year ago, I discovered the.
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Gastric Band Surgery for Obese Children

  • By Robert Cywes
  • on Jun 04, 2009
Obesity tends to run in families. Oftentimes, children of overweight or obese parents will find themselves suffering from the same weight problems as their parents did before them.
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