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Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital

Adjustable Gastric Band (LAP-BAND® Surgery)

Adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND®) helps you lose weight through restriction. The surgery results in a prolonged sense of fullness after small meals.

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Patients typically lose 50 to 60 percent of excess body weight within three years.

During this laparoscopic procedure:

  1. Your surgeon places a silicone band around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller pouch available for food.
  2. The band can be adjusted to regulate the amount of food restriction.
  3. If you decide you no longer want the band, surgeons can remove it.