Lap Band Surgery (Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding)

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding or Lap Band Surgery is a non-invasive, restrictive procedure places a hollow, silicone ring, or band, around the main portion of the stomach, and a port is secured under the skin of the abdomen.

The band creates a small passageway between the uppermost part and the rest of the stomach. This narrow passageway restricts the amount of food required to feel "full," so less is eaten, which promotes weight loss.

The degree of stomach restriction is controlled by the amount of fluid in the band. Band fluid is adjusted with the injection or removal of fluid through the port. Both the band and the port remain in place until surgically removed.

Patients can expect regular office appointments, as adjustments to band tightness may be needed. Regular follow-up is mandatory and supplementation is commonly needed for as long as the band is present.

One of two devices may be used in restricting the stomach: the LAP-BAND® System or the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band.

Lap Band Surgery is reversible.

Sisters of Charity Hospital Bariatric Program

If you are considering Lap Band Surery, there’s only one place to choose – Sisters of Charity Hospital.

The Sisters of Charity Hospital Bariatric Program has been nationally recognized for excellence, and our highly skilled team of surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, therapists and counselors is ready to help you regain a healthy life.

Private rooms, and an environment specially designed for the needs of bariatric patients, help us provide you with care that is both comfortable and dignified. And with minimally invasive surgical options that mean less pain and quicker recoveries, and two convenient hospital locations to choose from, we can help make the journey to a healthier life a little easier.