Carrying excess weight around isn’t just uncomfortable; extra weight can also lead to dangerous health disorders. The longer you remain overweight, the harder it is on your body. However, losing those extra pounds isn’t as easy as it sounds. That’s where Lap-Band® surgery can help.
Our team at Snow Bariatric Center is fully committed to helping you lose the weight you’ve been trying to get rid of for so long. Our team is led by Dr. Robert Snow, an expert in many different forms of bariatric surgery.
What is the Lap-Band?
The Lap-Band is a type of bariatric surgery that limits the amount you can eat by putting a band around your stomach — a procedure that’s reversible and adjustable.
This surgery is performed laparoscopically, meaning Dr. Snow only needs to make a few tiny incisions in your stomach to perform the procedure. He uses a small camera to see inside your abdomen, and applies the band around the upper portion of your stomach with tiny laparoscopic tools.
The band separates your stomach into two separate areas: a smaller pouch at the top and a larger area near the bottom. The small pouch helps you to feel full with only a small amount of food. This means fewer calories and quick weight loss.
A plus to the way the Lap-Band works is that it doesn’t change the way your body digests the food you eat. There’s no permanent change to your stomach, so you don’t experience the complications that other types of bariatric surgery can cause.
The band used for the surgery is inflatable, meaning Dr. Snow can adjust it depending on how much weight you need to lose. Because there’s no permanent changes made to your stomach, you can reverse the Lap-Band if you’d like later on.
How this procedure works
So how do you lose a significant amount of weight using only a band around your stomach? The answer is actually very simple. When Dr. Snow places the inflatable band around your upper stomach, it creates a small area where food can go.
The small area is only able to hold so much food, which means you feel full with only a small portion of food. This ensures that you’re eating a lot fewer calories than you did before, which aids in shedding the extra weight.
But the Lap-Band also makes your food pass more slowly through your stomach to your intestines. This sends a signal to your brain that tells it you’re full, even though you’ve only eaten a fraction of the food you used to. Your brain then understands that you’re full, and you don’t feel hungry for quite awhile.
Once you’ve lost the amount of weight that you’d like, you can opt to have the Lap-Band removed, or let it stay in place and just adjust it as needed.
The Lap-Band is a great way for you to lose excess weight when traditional methods, such as diet and exercise, haven’t been successful. It’s also a good option if you don’t want a permanent surgery to lose the weight, and if your BMI is greater than 40.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, schedule a consultation with Dr. Snow by calling one of our convenient offices in Texas. You can also request an appointment online using our handy booking tool.