Is The Lap Band Surgery For You?

Lap  Band surgery is used to help overweight patients to lose weight. It is the brand name for an FDA approved procedure, involving the use of an adjustable gastric band to restrict intake of food.

Essentially, it constricts the flow of food into the stomach, leaving the subject with a full feeling after eating a fraction of their usual portion size. This reduces the overall appetite, and the amount of food consumed. The results are a gradual loss of weight.

What is a lap band?

A lap band consists of a silicone ring or belt, which is positioned around the top …More on Lap Band Surgery

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric Bypass Surgery is a method used to help obese patients to lose weight. It involves sectioning the stomach into two areas, and rearranging the small intestine to ‘bypass’ the main stomach area. Consequently, the food takes a shorter route through the digestive system, thus fewer calories are absorbed. Food passes into the smaller, upper part of the stomach only, which leaves the patient feeling full after eating just a small amount of food.

The procedure
There are two methods for conducting gastric bypass surgery – open surgery and keyhole surgery – also known as laparoscopy. Both are carried out …More on Gastric Bypass Surgery