It's Adjustable! It's Reversible! Usually performed as an Outpatient procedure, but in a safe hospital environment.
The LAP-BAND® System is a less invasive alternative to the gastric bypass operation. Our skilled surgeons perform this surgery at our hospital located in Orange County, CA near Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. It has been in use in the United States since FDA approval in 2001 and in many other parts of the world since 1993. It has become the primary weight-loss operation in many countries outside the United States. Studies have shown the LAP-BAND® System to be safe and effective for weight loss.
Understanding the LAP-BAND® System The Lap-Band adjustable gastric banding system is an adjustable band made from silicone. The Lap-Band adjustable gastric banding system is placed around the top of the stomach forming a very small pouch (15cc or 1/2oz). The Lap-Band adjustable gastric band is connected to a port which is implanted under the skin of the abdomen. By adding or removing saline from the port, the band tightness around the stomach can be adjusted. When food is consumed, it quickly fills the small stomach pouch, satisfying hunger. Over time, the food empties from the pouch through the band into the remainder of the stomach. Weight loss occurs because the small stomach pouch restricts the quantity of food that can be consumed.
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