If you need to lose a lot of weight, but you don’t want to have invasive surgery, the LAP-BAND® may be ideal for you. At Transform Weight Loss in Lynnwood and Kirkland, Washington, Peter Billing, MD, FACS, provides the LAP-BAND procedure and several other options to help you shed excess weight. Call the clinic to learn more or use the online scheduling option.
The LAP-BAND procedure is a surgical, gastric technique that Dr. Billing uses to manipulate how much food your stomach can hold. During the outpatient surgery, he places a silicone band around the circumference of your stomach opening in order to shrink it. When you eat, you feel full quickly, which decreases your overall calorie intake.
Because your stomach anatomy doesn’t change during the lap band surgery, the procedure is fully reversible.
LAP-BAND patients typically have a BMI of 40 or higher, or between 35 and 40 with weight-related medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Ideal candidates must be adults who don’t want to pursue a more invasive solution, like gastric bypass.
Dr. Billing performs your LAP-BAND procedure laparoscopically, which means that it’s minimally invasive. He makes a minor incision and guides a deflated band over the upper portion of your stomach. Next, he attaches a tiny tube to the band, connects it to a port, and places the port beneath your skin, Through the port, he fills your band with saline, which causes the band to section off the upper stomach and form a pouch.
The LAP-BAND procedure is popular because it’s customizable to your needs and goals. A month or two after surgery, your dedicated weight loss team at Transform Weight Loss evaluates your progress and may adjust your band to improve your results or minimize any discomfort or side effects you may be experiencing.
To make the adjustment, your provider accesses the port and either adds more saline to the band or withdraws some. Factors that influence the adjustment include hunger and fullness, satiety, and weight loss or gain.
Dr. Billing monitors your progress and can adjust the band to make it tighter or looser as needed.
To learn more about the LAP-BAND technique and to determine if it’s the best method for you to lose weight, call the office to book a meeting with Dr. Billing or use the online scheduling feature.