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The lap band adjustable gastric banding system is a tool to help you achieve sustained weight loss by limiting how much you can eat reducing your appetite and slowing digestion.


What Is The LAP-BAND® System?

The LAP-BAND® procedure is one of several surgical solutions offered at Marina Del Rey Hospital to patients working to overcome obesity. LAP-BAND is actually a trademarked brand name for one version of the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band. Currently there are two gastric bands available in the U.S.: the LAP-BAND, made by Allergan, and the Realize Band, made by Ethicon.

The lap band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline (salt water). This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food. This new, smaller pouch fills quickly, so you feel full faster, and the food moves slowly out of the upper pouch, so you feel full longer. As a result, you eat less and lose weight.

The LAP-BAND has been around since 1994, and over 600,000 have been implanted worldwide. The LAP-BAND was FDA approved in the U.S. in 2001, and is currently the most popular option for weight loss surgery in the U.S. Improvements in the device and surgical technique have resulted in a very safe and effective procedure with lower complication rates than the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

The lap band adjustable gastric banding system is a tool to help you achieve sustained weight loss by limiting how much you can eat reducing your appetite and slowing digestion.

How Is LAP-BAND Surgery Performed?

The lap band was designed as a laparoscopic procedure. This means that instead of making a large abdominal incision, the surgeon makes small incisions, through which he inserts a camera and specially designed instruments. These instruments allow the surgeon to perform operations very precisely while causing much less trauma to the patient’s body. Laparoscopic technique allows for quicker recovery, lower chance of surgical complication, and less patient discomfort. The operation can take less than an hour if performed by an experienced surgeon.

For the operation, which takes place at our Marina Del Rey facility in greater Los Angeles, you will be placed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be fully unconscious during this stomach surgery. At Marina Del Rey hospital we only work with anesthesiologists experienced in the treatment of bariatric patients to ensure that the procedure is performed as safely as possible.

Although lap band surgery is completely reversible, you should consider the lap band a lifelong commitment. Removal should only be considered if serious complications develop. There is usually significant weight regain if the lap band is removed.

What Are The Benefits of LAP-BAND Surgery?

Like any weight loss surgery, the results depend on the patient's commitment: you get out what you put in. Weight loss depends on the patient's willingness to adopt a sensible eating plan and a reasonable activity routine. If the patient maintains good lifestyle habits after the procedure, significant weight loss can be expected.

The health benefits of reducing obesity are numerous, and they may include:

  • Remission or disappearance of diabetes-related symptoms
  • Improvement of high blood pressure
  • Reduction of other symptoms of metabolic syndrome
  • Increased mobility
  • Improved respiratory function
  • Improvement of orthopedic issues — joints, bones, muscles
  • Longer life expectancy

The lap band operation has helped many Los Angeles residents and patients across America to become more active, more engaged, more energetic, and more able-bodied. On average, according to a study by New York University School of Medicine researchers, patients have lost about 50% of their excess weight five years after surgery. Of course, this can vary greatly based on the commitment of the patient to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. After surgery, patients make a lifestyle adjustment to maximize the benefits of the surgery and promote good health.


Recovery, Risks, and Complications After Lap Band Surgery

After your lap band surgery is complete, you will awaken in a recovery room at Marina Del Rey Hospital, where our experienced medical team will ensure that everything is going smoothly. From recovery, you will be taken to one of our private bariatric suites where you will rest and recover until it is time to go home.

Because it is performed using less invasive methods and involves no cutting or stapling of the stomach, the lap band recovery time is shorter compared to other surgical weight loss options. After your lap band operation, you will stay in the hospital for about a day. Within about one week, you will be able to return to your normal activity level — less time than with some other procedures.

Periodically, you will need to come in for adjustments and postoperative check-ups. This follow-up care is a normally scheduled part of the weight loss surgery process.

The lap band is considered a very safe option for those who need surgical intervention to lose weight.The manufacturer of the lap band states that complication rates are one third as high as with competing surgery. However, risks do exist.

If you have any persistent pain, fever, nausea, indigestion, or similar symptoms, you should contact your surgeon’s office right away. Although these may not be serious, it is important to confirm whether further evaluation is needed. Of course, you should always feel free to contact our office any time you have questions or concerns regarding your surgery or your health, and in an emergency, you should call 911.

To find out about side effects and complications, contact our office.

Ask Your Doctor About Lap Band

If you have considered the lap band, you undoubtedly have questions about the device, the procedure, and the changes the lap band will make to your life. We are a Los Angeles leader in successful weight loss, minimal complication, and patient satisfaction, and we'd like to help you.

If you think the lap band might be for you, please call our weight loss clinic today at (800) 491-1977 and speak with our staff.

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Physicians Performing Lap-Band Surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital

  • Jeremy Korman, MD, FACS
    Jeremy Korman, MD, FACS
  • Mona Misra, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FASMBS
    Mona Misra, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FASMBS
  • David         Davtyan          , MD
    David Davtyan, MD
  • Michael Feiz, MD
    Michael Feiz, MD
  • Atul          Madan            , MD
    Atul Madan, MD
  • Matthew       Lublin           , MD
    Matthew Lublin, MD
  • Gevorg        Mutafyan         , MD
    Gevorg Mutafyan, MD
  • Sergey        Lyass            , MD
    Sergey Lyass, MD
  • Nilesh Bhoot, M.D.
    Nilesh Bhoot, M.D.


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