Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or LAGB is an advanced weight-loss surgery technique. Candidates with excessive weight or those suffering from obesity-related health conditions may consider this bariatric surgery for safe and effective weight loss.
Experienced bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre provides a range of weight loss procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and surrounding communities across the horizon.
How it Works?
LAGB is a laparoscopic surgery in which the surgeon places small incisions on the upper portion of the abdomen. Then the surgeon will place an adjustable band surrounding the upper portion of the stomach. This produces a tiny stomach pouch. This new, smaller stomach helps the patient feel full with much lesser food enabling them to lose weight.
The band is adjustable according to the patient’s unique requirements. Filling or removing fluid from a balloon surrounding the band is possible. This is achieved by placing a port beneath the skin of the abdomen.
Following the procedure, the surgeon will use a needle to penetrate the skin to reach the port. Fluid is filled into the port. The fluid then enters the tube into the balloon surrounding the band. Thereafter, it gradually creates a squeezing pressure on the upper portion of the stomach. The surgeon usually adds a small quantity of fluid on every visit and checks the weight loss. Some fluid may be taken out if the band feels too tight.
Need for LAGB
The LAGB surgery can be used to treat severe obesity. People who have unsuccessfully undergone other weight-loss procedures can benefit from LAGB. A bariatric surgeon may recommend this surgery to patients who are severely obese with a body mass index or BMI of over 40.
The surgeon may also advise patients to undergo this surgery if they are between 35 and 40 years of age and are affected by health challenges such as high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, or type 2 diabetes (because of overweight.)
The LAGB surgery involves:
- The procedure typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes.
- The surgeon performs the procedure under general anesthesia. The patient will be unconscious during the surgery and not feel any pain.
- The surgeon will utilize laparoscopy. They will place many small incisions in the upper abdomen. Then the surgeon will place a laparoscope and place small surgical instruments in the incisions.
- The surgeon then places a small port beneath the skin of the abdomen. A tube runs through the band and port.
- If the patient has a hiatal hernia, the surgeon will address this condition during the LAGB surgery.
The patient is usually allowed to go home one day after the procedure. The surgeon will instruct the patient to consume a liquid diet for the initial one or two weeks. The patient is put on pureed, soft, and finally regular food. Every meal must be small throughout the recovery phase.
Focused and cordial bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and other communities and cities in the amazing state of Florida for weight loss procedures.
Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.
To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 407-830-6868 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.