Lap Band. Gastric Banding also known as the LAP-BAND was approved in 2001 by the FDA. The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. It has an inflatable balloon that cinches around the stomach and allows patients to be less hungry and to eat less at each meal. The band is inflated with saline using a needle that goes thru the skin into the band port. The port is secured under the skin so that nothing is visible. Percent of excess weight loss at five years is 50-55%. Follow-up is crucial with the band as adjustments are usually necessary the first year and sometimes in the second year as well.
Complications may include infection, bleeding, gastric prolapse or band slippage and band/tubing problems. Reoperation may be necessary to address some of these complications. In Dr.Terushkin’shands, these complications are decreased and less than the national average, but they still can occur. Lap Band patients can count on top bariatric surgeon Dr.Terushkin’s extensive experience. Dr.Terushkin has performed numerous adjustable gastric banding surgeries.
Using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, this procedure involves placing a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. A small balloon is inflated which cinches around the stomach, reducing feelings of hunger and decreasing a patient’s capacity to eat large amounts.
Gastric Banding or “LAP-BAND” surgeries were first approved by the FDA in 2001, and today more than 20,000 lab band procedures are performed each year. Dr.Terushkin’s expertise in laparoscopic techniques and our team’s dedication to support before, during, and after surgeries has resulted in our patients losing an average of 40–50% of their excess weight after completing Lap Band surgery at our facilities.