Gastric Banding also known as the LAP-BAND was approved in 2001 by the FDA. Currently, there are two bands available in the United States, the LAP-BAND and the REALIZE band which was approved by the FDA in 2007. Both bands are similarly effective at weight loss with minor differences.
The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. It has an inflatable balloon that cinches around the stomach and allows patients to be less hungry and to eat less at each meal. The band is inflated with saline using a needle that goes thru the skin into the band port. The port is secured under the skin so that nothing is visible. Percent of excess weight loss at five years is 50-55%. Follow-up is crucial with the band as adjustments are usually necessary the first year and sometimes in the second year as well.
Complications may include infection, bleeding, gastric prolapse or band slippage and band/tubing problems. Reoperation may be necessary to address some of these complications. In Dr. Kurian’s hands, these complications are decreased and less than the national average, but they still can occur.
New York Lap Band patients can count on top bariatric surgeon Dr. Kurian’s extensive experience. Dr. Kurian has performed numerous adjustable gastric banding surgeries.
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