Launceston Weight Loss Surgery

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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is the most non-invasive procedure. It is adjustable and reversible. It is a hollow band – like a ring or belt – that is placed around the upper part of your stomach.

It is designed to place a precise level of pressure on the nerves around the upper part of your stomach so they send signals to your brain that you are not hungry. Because the band also constricts the upper portion of your stomach, you will eat less food at one time and still feel satisfied.

The lap band system includes a small access port that is safely placed under your skin. The port is not visible and it is unlikely that anyone will know you have the band, unless you tell them. The band is adjusted by adding or removing fluid through this access port with a small needle to ensure it continues providing optimum weight loss results.

As the procedure is done laparoscopically there is less scarring, less time in hospital and a quicker recovery time. The lap band is adjustable – as you lose weight, fluid can be added or removed from the band to ensure your continued weight loss success. The band can also be loosened to accommodate changes during pregnancy and tightened after delivery to help you return to your healthy goal weight.

Unlike other weight loss procedures, the lap band procedure is reversible. It does not involve removing or stapling parts of the stomach and does not reroute the digestive tract.

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