In 2001, the FDA approved a device called the “Lap Band” for bariatric surgery. It was followed 6 years later by another format called the “REALIZE band.” In Europe, several other bands are in use for lap band surgery, however in America, in states such as New Mexico, today only the Lap Band is available. Realize withdrew from the market in 2016.
Types of Lap Bands
While the Lap Band is the norm for bariatric surgeries of this type of restrictive nature, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The device is available in different sizes to address individual needs and specifications. Systems include:
- LAP-BAND AP® Adjustable Gastric Banding System
- LAP-BAND AP-L is for those who fall into larger categories
- LAP-BAND AP-S is the standard.
All lap bands involve minimally invasive surgery to put into place.
Restrictive, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
Formally, laparoscopic adjustable band surgery (LAGB) lap band procedures comprise the placement of an adjustable, inflatable, silicon device around the topmost part of the stomach. This categorizes lap band surgery as restrictive surgery. Simply put, it involves restricting the amount of food from entering into the stomach.
As a minimally invasive procedure, it does not consist of rerouting or the removal of the intestines or other gastrointestinal organs. Instead, it simply prohibits more than a minimal amount of food from entering into the stomach. Accompanying the reduction in stomach size is a decrease in appetite. The stomach feels fuller and faster.
Why Choose Lap Band Surgery?
Those who opt for lap band surgery realize its advantages. It helps to lose weight without removing or rerouting body components or malabsorption. Moreover, the weight decrease can be as high as 50 per cent. Surgeons in New Mexico tout its safety. They note the low risk of any mineral or vitamin deficiency as well as its low rate of post-operative problems. However, if the band does require tightening or removal, your surgeon can do so easily and safely.