Lap Band Surgery
The Lap Band was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2001 for safe and effective weight loss. It is a silicone band – like a ring or belt – that is placed around the upper part of the stomach.
It is designed to place a precise level of pressure on the nerves around the upper part of your stomach so they send signals to your brain that you are not hungry. Because the band also constricts the upper portion of your stomach, you are able to eat a much smaller meal at one time and still feel satisfied.
The Lap Band system includes a small access port that is safely placed under your skin. The port is not visible and it is unlikely that anyone will know you have the band, unless you tell them. The band is adjusted by adding or removing saline through this access port with a small needle to ensure it continues the level of pressure on the nerves at the top of the stomach needed to control hunger and provide optimum weight loss results.
Lap Band Video: how does it work?
To find out more about how the Lap Band procedure is performed, watch this video presentation by Dr. Paul O'Brien, the National Medical Director at True Results. Dr. O’Brien is recognized around the world as one of the foremost authorities on the Lap Band procedures and weight loss surgery. He is also a prolific researcher and publisher of informational articles on the benefits of the Lap Band.
Benefits Of Lap Band Surgery
Same-day, outpatient procedure.
The Lap Band procedure is performed using advanced laparoscopic technology at a True Results bariatric outpatient surgery center or affiliated hospital.
The ability to adjust the Lap Band is a great benefit. As you lose weight, saline can be added or removed from the band to ensure your continued weight loss success. The band can also be loosened to accommodate changes during pregnancy and tightened after delivery to help you return to your healthy goal weight.
The Lap Band procedure is fully reversible because the device can be removed.
Less Invasive bariatric procedure.
The Lap Band procedure is less invasive than other bariatric procedures because it does not remove, reroute or staple significant parts of your stomach or digestive tract.
Psychological Benefits of Weight Loss with the Lap Band
Losing weight with the Lap Band from True Results has many benefits. From the psychological benefits that occur when you feel better about yourself, to higher levels of confidence, many of our patient’s social lives are completely changed by their experience with the Lap Band.
Health Benefits of Weight Loss with the Lap Band
In addition to the social aspects of losing weight, there are great health benefits as well. Losing weight with the Lap Band can help improve or resolve weight related health conditions such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Type II Diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Fatty liver disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Lap Band Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for the Lap Band?
Typically, the LAP-BAND® System is used for weight loss in adult patients who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, OR 30-40 with one or more obesity-related medical conditions (such as Type II Diabetes and hypertension).
Before choosing a Lap Band procedure, patients should have tried non-surgical weight loss methods such as supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification. Patients must be willing to make major changes in their eating habits and lifestyle. Every patient is unique and results will vary.
Does my insurance cover the Lap Band?
Most insurance companies offer some coverage for weight loss surgery and diagnostic testing. To find out if you have coverage we recommend that you use our Free Online Insurance Verification service today. The form takes only a few minutes, please have your health insurance card available.
Is financing available if Lap Band is not covered by my insurance?
True Results offers competitive self-pay cash pricing as well as financing options through its relationship with Prosper Healthcare Lending. The application process is fast, easy and 100% confidential.
Will I feel hungry or deprived after Lap Band surgery?
The Lap Band makes you eat less and feel full in two ways — first by reducing the capacity of your stomach and second by increasing the time it takes food to get through the digestive system. After a small meal you should feel satisfied. Portion amount will vary from person-to-person. If you follow the nutrition guidelines at mealtime and chew your food well, you should not feel hungry or deprived.