The Lap Band
The lap band is a device that fits around the stomach and allows for weight loss using the restriction method. The process is very simple the band can be adjusted depending on desired weight loss. For example if you need to lose weight then your band can be tightened to slow your digestion process, and if you are maintaing your weight after loss then it can be loosened to help with that.
Lap Band History
At the beginning of the 70’s Dr. Lionel Hay Wilkinson along with Dr. Peloso were the first surgeons to place a non adjustable band for restricting the digestive process in both humans and animals.
Original bands included marlex, meshes, and clips which had high failure rates due to the inability at the time to adjust the band and prevent potential erosions. Later an important discover of the benefits of silicon paved the way for the Holy Grail of banding ‘adjustable’.
Through a collaborative effort of scientists and doctors an adjustable band was developed for use in an open procedure that used silicon. The band would later become a predecessor to the lap band and also proved to have higher success rates and paved the way for near modern treatments.
In 1992 the first band inserted using laparoscopy was done by Dr. Guy-Bernard Cadiere in Canada. The procedure allowed for a more simpler procedure that was safer for patients and became the gold standard for all bariatric procedures.
Lap Band Surgical Procedure
The procedure for the lap band uses a small set of incisions ranging no more than a .5 inch. A small camera is then inserted along with a tools that allow for the surgeon to apply the band, all without ever opening the lower abdomen.
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