Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap Band Surgery)

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, or lap band surgery, is a procedure in which an inflatable silicone band is placed around the top portion of the stomach. Similar to other bariatric surgeries, this procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, meaning your surgeon will make a few small incisions to access your stomach and put the band in place using a thin tool with a camera attached (laparoscope).

The band can be adjusted by adding or removing fluid, which allows your physician to alter the size of your stomach pouch over time. Your physician adjusts the device through a small access port placed under the skin. Typically, your physician will add fluid to the band at each office visit—further shrinking your stomach and promoting weight loss. If the band becomes too tight, fluid will be removed.

Post-operative complications are rare when it comes to lap band surgery. However, they can include nausea, vomiting or mild bleeding. With some of the highest quality and patient safety ratings for bariatric procedures in the region, Inspira’s surgeons are well equipped to reduce your risk of complications and increase your chances of a successful recovery.

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Why Choose Inspira?

Education and Support at the Forefront of Care

Inspira’s educational weight management tools enable our bariatric team to keep patients informed about what they can expect before and after gastric lap band surgery. Undergoing gastric banding is only part of the larger weight loss journey, and keeping the pounds off can be difficult if patients don’t understand how to maintain their new lifestyle. Whether you suffer from a chronic condition or are struggling to reach your optimal weight, our dedicated team of caregivers is here to guide, support and inform.

Nationally Recognized Center of Excellence

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has recognized Inspira Medical Center Vineland as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on objective measures that were developed based on input from the medical community.