The LAP-BANDŽ Adjustable Gastric Band (also known as AGB) is one of the top surgical procedures used by surgeons around the world to treat severe obesity.
The surgeons use laparoscopic techniques to place the band around the upper part of the stomach, forming a small gastric pouch to limit food intake and slow the food passing from the stomach into the intestines.
The band is connected by tubing to a port, which is placed under the skin during surgery. After surgery, the inner surface of the band is inflated or deflated with saline solution to provide restriction. The fill level can be adjusted through the port access as needed.
Surgeons don't cut, staple, or bypass any portions of the stomach or intestines, making the Lap Band the safest, least invasive and least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. The laparoscopic surgery has the advantage of reduced post-op pain, shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.
If for any reason the Lap Band needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.
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