Benefits of Lap Band Surgery
Unlike the Gastric Sleeve, Tummy Tuck and others, this operation is the least invasive bariatric procedure because it doesn’t require removing a portion of an organ. There isn’t any cutting of the stomach or intestinal rerouting. Instead Lap Band Surgery works with the stomach and digestive system like it’s an extension of the gastrointestinal system. It doesn’t have a significant impact on hormone output as a gastric bypass does. It can be removed at any time and when it is, the stomach will eventually return to its original shape. Because of how the band works, you can request a custom limit for how much food you’re able to eat.
Risks of Lap Band Surgery
There are some risks that come with lap bands that are beyond your control such as erosion. Preventable risks also exist and should be noted before the surgery. This is a surgical operation that will require sedation. All risks associated with anesthesia will be discussed by your doctor before you sign the waiver. Other accommodations are provided if you cannot be administered anesthesia. If proper care is not given then it is possible for the incision to become infected. This infection can quickly spread to the point of affecting vital nerves, veins, and organs. Twenty percent of the time, the lap band doesn’t accomplish the weight loss goal and needs to be removed. Your doctor will discuss all the possibilities of this occurring.
It is vital that the patient understands all of the risks that come with a lap band. If someone exhibits the inability to comprehend the process of the operation or is deemed emotionally unstable by the physician, they will be rejected to receive the band. While it has a high success rate, there is still some level of intrusion into the body that could lead to death. All WLLA operations are accurate and we strive to make sure our patients are well informed and clearly understand every option they have before them. We stick with you throughout the recovery period to ensure that there aren’t any complications when it comes to care and sanitation.