Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

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Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Procedure

The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAP band) is a minimally invasive procedure, performed in the U.S. since 2001, where an adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach.

Illustration of LAP Band Procedure

Weight loss occurs because the newly created pouch above the band will only allow you to consume small amounts of food at a time.

LAP band has been shown to produce long-term weight loss, although not as much as the gastric bypass or gastric sleeve options. This procedure is less invasive, can result in fewer complications and improvement in obesity related medical conditions.

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