The Food and Drug Administration approved the gastric lap band surgery for obesity in 2001, and since then the Lab Band surgery has become a viable option for morbidly obese patients to start on a journey to healthy living. The adjustable gastric band can be surgically placed around the stomach laparscopically, and the procedure can be reversed. Band surgery ranges from $10,000 to $20,000 and includes post operative follow ups.
How it works:
The Lap Band is surgically installed around the upper stomach unfilled. After inside the body the band can be filled with saline solution to tighten or loosen like a balloon. The tightening or loosening of the band through an external fill is a tool you and your practitioner use to reduce calorie intake and limit meal proportions. The band controls the stoma (stomach outlet) between the new upper pouch and the lower part of the stomach, restricting the flow of food.
What Is Involved In A Fill?
A lap band fill is an office procedure conducted in our office at 5390 E. Erickson Dr. Tucson, AZ. 85712. The procedure usually takes just a few minutes. It is recommended that the patient visit their surgeon for initial band fills as they are responsible in ensuring a correct fit and function.