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Lap band surgery or laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedureis a type of weight loss surgeries. It is used in the people suffering from chronicobesity. Their extremely high body mass index (BMI) of 35 or even over 40 makesthem suitable candidates for this surgical procedure.

This bariatric surgery was approved by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) in 2001 to be used on obese people in order to lose some weight. There arecertain regulations that have to be followed and every patient undergoes aseries of tests to be safe. The common tests include: blood tests,gastroscopy and imaging studies.

The Procedure

Lap band surgeon uses small incisions to place the gastricband into the upper part of the stomach. The main goal of the surgery is todecrease the capacity of the stomach, in order to reduce the amount of the foodpatient need to eat. The band can be adjusted by a simple procedure after thesurgery and suited for every patient. It can be inflated or deflated, dependingon the rate of weight loss.

The procedure is fairly quick, and it usually lasts for lessthan one hour. It is performed in the hospital and the patient is under generalanesthesia, but there doesn’t have to be hospital overnight stay. Full recoverytakes some time, and it is estimated that it would last for a month or so, untilthe patient is completely recovered.

In the US you will pay around 17.000 to 30.000$ (USD) tohave lap band surgery, including all costs. If you decide to undergo a lap bandsurgery in Europe, India, Australia or Mexico the surgical costs will take youabout 15.000$.

Why Lap Band Surgery?

Lap band surgery has some advantages over other types ofbariatric surgical procedures. The procedure can be reversed at some point ifneeded and patients do not experience nausea, diarrhea or stomach cramps afterthe surgery. In this type of weight loss surgery there are much smaller risksof anastomotic leak at the staple site, since the stomach is not stapled as inother procedures.

What are the Risks?

This type of weight loss surgery also carries certain risks,but there are fewer complications comparing it to some other weight losssurgeries. Patients might vomit the swallowed food if they are eating very quick and notchewing the food properly. There are also possibilities of experiencing heartburn,diarrhea, constipation, chest pain, blockage of the passage, gastric ulcer and gastric perforation.

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