LAP-BAND® System surgery is the newest, simplest, and least invasive surgical weight loss procedure currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is placed through a surgical procedure, which positions the adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch. The pouch allows the patient to eat smaller amounts of food to achieve a sensation of fullness that occurs quickly and lasts for an extended period of time.
Until recently, the FDA’s guidelines would allow the LAP-BAND® System to be performed only in those patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 with no obesity-related health conditions (comorbidities), or those with a BMI of 35 or over who were afflicted with at least one comorbidity. However, the FDA has recently issued new guidelines for the procedure, and has approved the LAP-BAND® System in patients who have a body mass index of 30, plus at least one obesity-related comorbidity condition, such as heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. These new guidelines make it possible for more than 26 million patients to qualify for LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding and start losing weight effectively after all other traditional methods have failed.
The LAP-BAND® System is now the only bariatric surgery technique that is FDA-approved for use in patients with a 30-35 body mass index and at least one obesity-related health condition.
Please contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center for more information on LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery.
The LAP-BAND® System – Adjustable to Suit Your Needs
The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band, placed during LAP-BAND® System surgery, is uniquely constructed to be both durable and easy to adjust to a patient’s weight loss and lifestyle needs. The interior of the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band consists of an inflatable tube that your surgeon will fill to the desired volume with saline solution. The port, or access point to the tube, is placed just beneath the skin of the abdomen during surgery. Adjustments to the tightness of the band can be made in response to increased or decreased rates of weight loss and special circumstances such as pregnancy. Tightening the band increases the restriction around the stomach, and reduces the amount of food you can consume. To change the tightness of the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band, the doctor inserts a very fine needle into the port to either inject more saline to further inflate the tube or draw saline out if the band is too constrictive. Adjustments can be made in a quick visit to one of our offices.
Reduced Risk of Malnutrition
LAP-BAND® System surgery is a fully reversible procedure that limits food intake. The stomach and the intestines are not cut or stapled during this procedure, and no part of the digestive system is rerouted. Therefore, food travels through the digestive system in a completely natural way. Though some vitamin supplements may be necessary to ensure optimal health after LAP-BAND® System surgery, the procedure has a low risk of vitamin deficiencies and other nutrition problems associated with more invasive forms of bariatric surgery.
Gradual Weight Loss
Weight loss following a LAP-BAND® System surgery occurs gradually over a period of several months to several years depending upon the individual patient. These results are different from those experienced by patients who undergo the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure—for most Roux-en-Y patients, significant weight loss occurs rapidly during the first three months after surgery. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is usually a better choice for patients who are seeking a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time. Medical research seems to indicate a slightly lower risk of immediate surgical complications for LAP-BAND® System surgery over Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, although both procedures have been shown to be safe and effective over the long term.
Gastric Banding Adjustments Under Fluoroscopy
Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center are pleased to announce the use of office based fluoroscopy to assist in post-operative gastric band adjustments. Dr. James M. Kane Jr., Dr. Peter C. Rantis, Dr. Paul J. Guske and Dr. Jonathan W. Wallace, as well as their ancillary staff are now able to perform precise fills for their gastric banding patients utilizing C-Arms located at both the Hoffman Estates and Arlington Heights offices. In addition, a radiology technician has been hired to further facilitate our ability to provide this service.
The purpose of this technology is to perform an upper GI study while concurrently tightening the band. This allows for a more accurate fill in terms of satiety with meals and avoidance of obstructive complaints. This ultimately reduces the number of fills a patient requires following their surgery. In addition, adjustments under fluoroscopy enable the patient to actually visualize their gastric banding device. Fluoroscopy assisted fills also aid in providing expedited quality care for patients referred to our practice who have had their band placed at another facility (outside of Illinois or even outside the United States).
As one of the original Bariatric Centers of Excellence in the country, the Kane Center is forever striving to maintain itself on the cutting edge in all facets of surgical care. Fluoroscopy assisted band adjustments have dramatically improved the post-operative care our band patients now receive.
Contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center
Are you a good candidate for LAP-BAND® System surgery? Did you know that weight loss surgery is often a covered benefit? Contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center to meet with one of our LAP-BAND® System surgery experts at our offices in the Northwestern Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. During a comprehensive and confidential patient consultation, find out if LAP-BAND® System surgery is the right weight loss solution for you.
Did you know that weight loss surgery is often a covered benefit? Contact us and let us verify your benefits for you.