LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding and REALIZE® Band surgery are restrictive weight loss surgery procedures with a unique benefit: the bands placed around the stomach can be adjusted or removed at any time. Both the LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Band surgeries work by attaching an elastic band around the upper part of the stomach. This band serves to restrict the stomach’s capacity to withhold food, giving you an earlier feeling of fullness after eating smaller portions at one sitting. This innovative technique can help you lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, and has proven to be a safe and effective method of losing large amounts of weight.
For the first six weeks after your procedure here at Town Center Surgery, the band is typically empty. While some patients reach their goal weight without ever needing an adjustment to the band, most patients will need at least one band fill over the time it takes for them to lose the desired amount of weight. A band fill is a very simple out-patient procedure that involves injecting the band with saline so that it will further restrict food intake. They are typically performed when a patient is eating more than one-third the amount of food they were eating at mealtimes before having the surgery, and are still feeling hungry. Our bariatric surgeons will fill the band, ultimately making the stomach chamber smaller and able to hold less food. This should give the patient an earlier feeling of fullness.
The entire band fill procedure only takes a few minutes. There is little to no pain associated with the procedure, and there is typically no recovery period. Only liquids should be taken for two days after the band fill. Solid foods can be eaten thereafter. Our bariatric surgeon and support team will give you detailed instructions on what you can expect after the procedure, all of which should be strictly followed to ensure safety and effectiveness.
The saline in the gastric band can also be reduced to accommodate more food at any time, or removed altogether.
Please contact Town Center Surgery for more information on LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Band fills at our Valencia and Santa Clarita, California-area center.
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