Weight Loss Surgery is the first step on the road to successful and sustained weight loss. The LAP-BAND ® System offers you a way to obtain steady and safe weight loss. One of the most unique and beneficial features of the lap-band is that it can be adjusted after your surgery is over. Adding saline solution makes the band tighter, reducing how much you can eat and how quickly the food leaves your new stomach. Removing saline makes the band looser, allowing more food to sit in the stomach.
LAP-BAND ® System adjustments are performed without surgery. A thin needle is used to inject or withdraw saline from the band via the access port. Being able to adjust the band is a unique feature of the LAP-BAND ® System and is a normal part of the followup. This feature allows us to find the right level of restriction to meet your individual needs. The procedure usually takes only a few minutes.
Following the LAP-BAND ® System placement procedure, the band is usually left empty or only partially inflated for awhile. Adjustments are not usually made until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, although this may vary from patient to patient. You and your surgeon will decide when the time is right for your first band adjustment. To determine this, your surgeon will consider several factors including: the amount of weight you have already lost, the amount of food you can comfortably eat, the exercise that you do routinely, the amount of saline which is currently in your band.
For Best Results with the LAP-BAND® System: eat only three small meals a day, eat slowly and chew thoroughly, stop eating as soon as you feel full, don’t drink while eating, avoid fibrous food, drink sufficient low-calorie fluids throughout the day and exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
Even if you have had your original surgery elsewhere please feel free to contact us for your adjustments and maintenance.