Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric band (LAGB), also known as the ‘lapband’ involves placing a specially designed silicone ‘band’ or ring around the top of the stomach. This restricts the volume of the stomach by creating a small pouch which induces the feeling of fullness more quickly. The band can be adjusted by injecting water into a small port or reservoir connecting to the band, thus altering its tightness. If the band is too tight then water can be removed from the connecting port therefore relieving the tightness. No part of the stomach is cut, stapled or removed and patients may lose up to 50% of EWL.
What do I need to know about the lapband procedure?
Although it is the simplest and safest bariatric procedure and is completely reversible, it is a life-long process, not just a procedure. The number of band adjustments can vary from patient to patient over time.