This method will help you reach your ideal weight, achieving a healthy lifestyle (as long as an exercise and nutritional program are implemented along with this procedure)
The silicone adjustable band component of the BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System is placed around the upper part of the stomach, forming a small gastric pouch to limit and control the amount of food you eat and slow the emptying process from the stomach into the intestines. Limiting food intake and slowing the stomach emptying process results in weight loss.
The BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System has been designed for laparoscopic placement, which offers the advantages of reduced trauma, reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery. No cutting or stapling of the stomach is required, and there is no need to bypass portions of the stomach or intestines. If for any reason the BioEnterics® LAP-BAND® System needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form. Caution: This device is restricted to use by or on the order of a physician.
To be a candidate to this procedure, some pre-operatory test must be performed to establish the exact condition of operability of the patient. These tests consist of: Preliminary visit to evaluate the BMI ( Body Mass Index ), Electrocardiogram Tele-thorax, Nutritional Evaluation (from a nutritionist), a Thyroidal profile and the Pre-operatory Evaluation .
This procedure requires two up to three days in the hospital after it is made, and it lasts a period of aproximately 1 or 2 hours in the operating room.