The Lap Band System is placed laparoscopically while the patient is under general anesthesia. Laparoscopic surgery simply means that the procedure is conducted through small incisions into the abdomen rather than a larger open incision. After a laparoscopic surgery, most people feel much less pain than after more invasive methods of open surgery for bariatric procedures like the Gastric Sleeve or the Gastric Bypass. Patients also recover faster and are able to resume normal activities sooner. The procedure is routine and only takes approximately 25 minutes.
To begin lap band surgery, a few small incisions are made in the abdominal wall for the insertion of long, thin surgical instruments including a narrow camera. This camera allows the surgeons to view the operative site on video monitors.
The band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to form a ring. It is then locked and secured around the stomach with minimal stitching. To complete the procedure, Dr. Kuri uses absorbable under-the-skin sutures to close the incisions.
- Least invasive surgical approach
- Lowest operative complication rate
- Lowest mortality rate
- No stomach stapling, cutting, or intestinal re-routing