Learn about the Gastric Band
The gastric band – sometimes called Lap Band – procedure involves a flexible ring being placed around the upper portion of the stomach. This ring creates a small pouch that leads to food being digested more slowly. The band is flexible, and patients regularly have it “filled” or unfilled, to reach the optimal level of hunger control. Using the gastric band as a tool, patients eat smaller meals and often feel full for longer periods of time. There is no cutting of the stomach during this procedure.
Am I a Candidate?
- Generally the gastric band is performed on patients with a BMI greater than 40.
- Patients with a BMI over 30 with at least one health condition related to their weight may qualify.
- The band is a good option for patients who are committed to regular follow-up visits, and focusing on lifestyle change.
- Every person is different, so if you’re interested in learning more about whether the gastric band or another procedure may be a good option for you, please contact us. We are happy to speak with you.