– Lap Band Surgery, or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, helps with weight loss by restricting food consumption and slowing digestion. By limiting how much food can be eaten at any one time and reducing hunger sensations it can help an individual eat less and thus lose weight.
The smaller gastric pouch that is created by the gastric band limits the amount of food that can be eaten and slows the emptying process from the stomach into the intestines. The smaller stomach pouch and slower digestion rate lets you feel full sooner and feel full longer. The band can be adjusted to let in more or less food as needed.
The Lap Band procedure involves placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach which reduces the opening to the stomach and creates a smaller food pouch at the top of the stomach. The larger portion of the stomach is left below the band. The inner liner of the gastric band is a hollow ring filled with saline that can be adjusted with more or less saline to create a smaller or larger opening.