The Advantages of the LAP-BAND System
The LAP-BAND® System has the following advantages:
- It is less invasive than other surgical techniques
- It can be adjusted
- The process can be reversed
- It may require less hospital time than other surgical techniques
- Recovery may be quicker
- The process is less invasive
Of the surgeries used to treat obesity, the one used to place the LAP-BAND® System causes the least trauma. There is no need for cutting or stapling the stomach. Also, the LAP-BAND® System can usually be placed laparoscopically. The main benefits of this kind of surgery are:
- Fewer operative complications
- Less pain
- Faster recovery
- With this surgery, it’s possible to avoid large incisions and scars.
The LAP-BAND® System is adjustable
Normally, you don’t need more surgery to adjust the size of the stoma. LAP-BAND® System adjustment is a regular part of follow-up for this procedure. It’s also a feature that may become more important as you lose weight. There are reasons you might need to change how much food you can eat. These can include your weight loss progress, pregnancy, and illness. With the LAP-BAND® System, the amount of food you can eat at one time can often be changed without more surgery. This can be done simply by inflating or deflating the band.
Changes can be reversed
If it needs to be, the LAP-BAND® System can be removed. When it is, the stomach generally returns to its original form. In general, it’s easier to remove the LAP-BAND® System than it is to reverse other procedures. Reversing other procedures typically leaves staples and more traumatized tissue.
You need less hospital time
Patients normally leave the hospital one to three days after laparoscopic surgery. If a large incision is required or if there are complications, more days in the hospital may be needed.
You may recover more quickly
After the procedure, patients usually get back to their normal activities in a week or two. It may take four weeks or more if the procedure is not done laparoscopically or if there are complications.