If you’ve been contemplating weight loss surgery to help you achieve your weight loss goals, but you’re not ready to commit to a permanent procedure, then the Lab-Band® may be the best choice for you. Top-rated weight loss surgeon George Mutafyan, MD, in Glendale, California, offers many weight loss options to help you drop those unwanted pounds, including the Lab-Band. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Lap-Band is a gastric-banding surgical procedure that uses a hollow silicone ring-shaped tube, or band, that slips over the stomach to alter its size. You can adjust the size of the band to reduce the size of your stomach so you feel full faster, eat less, and lose weight. You can adjust the band without having to undergo surgery by using a special portal implanted beneath the skin of your abdomen.
Unlike other types of bariatric surgery, the Lap-Band isn’t permanent. Gastric banding doesn’t require the removal of any of your stomach or alterations to the sphincters, or openings, between your stomach and small intestines. That means if you decide the Lap-Band isn’t for you, it can be removed and your stomach returns to normal.
However, those who undergo the Lap-Band procedure tend to not lose as much weight as those who choose other types of weight loss surgery. Additionally, to get the results you want, you may need to have the band adjusted often.
Dr. Mutafyan works one-on-one with you to determine if bariatric surgery, including the Lap-Band procedure, is right for you during a bariatric surgery consultation. Dr. Mutafyan may be a top-rated weight loss surgeon, but he doesn’t always recommend surgery as your first option. He wants to first understand your reasons for requesting surgical intervention so he can help you make the most informed choices about your weight loss goals.
Generally speaking, to be considered a candidate for the Lap-Band procedure, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40, or a BMI between 30 and 40 with obesity-related health issues, such as diabetes.
Dr. Mutafyan is a surgical expert and uses a minimally invasive procedure to perform your Lap-Band surgery, which means fewer incisions, less pain, and a quick recovery. During the procedure, he places the silicon band around the lower portion of your stomach and fills it with a saline solution to tighten the band around your stomach. The tube is attached to a small device or port, which is implanted in your abdominal space.
You can adjust the size of the band, and your stomach, by injecting saline into the port to make the stomach smaller or extracting saline to make the stomach bigger.
To learn more about the Lap-Band procedure, call George Mutafyan, MD, today or book an appointment online.