What is the Lap Band®?
The LapBand® is a medical device manufactured by Alergan that is used in a surgical weight loss procedure called laparoscopic gastric banding. For specific details about the device itself you can visit Alergan’s website at lapband.com. During the procedure, the surgeon places the lap band around the top of the stomach and tightens it so that only a very small amount of food can pass through. By doing this, the functional volume of the stomach is reduced to a small fraction of its normal size. This means that after the procedure, only a small amount of food will fit in your stomach at a given time and until this food moves past the small opening created by the lap band, no more food can be ingested. The surgery is done laparoscopically which means that several small incisions are made in the abdomen, a camera, instruments, and a tube that pumps in carbon dioxide are inserted, and the procedure is done looking at screen that projects the images from the camera. This approach enables the surgeons to perform the surgery with a few small incisions rather than one large one and it results in a faster healing time and fewer scars.