The Lap-band System is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where an adjustable silicone ring is surgically inserted and placed like a belt around the upper part of the stomach. The band is connected by thin tubing to an access port just below the skin. Through this port, your surgeon adjusts the fit of the Lap Band System by inflating or deflating its inner lining with saline solution to meet your individual needs.
The Lap Band System reduces your stomach capacity and restricts the amount of food you're able to eat at one time. With the Lap Band System you'll feel full sooner and stay full longer, so you wind up eating less. Although weight loss of three pounds a week is possible, patients usually lose a healthy one to two pounds a week on average. The Lap Band System is FDA approved and can be removed if necessary.
This procedure is performed at St. Vincent's.
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