The Lap-Band® is a restrictive device. It involves
applying an adjustable gastric band around the stomach, creating
a small gastric pouch.
pouch forces the individual to eat smaller portions, at a slower
rate, because the pouch holds less food.
This produces a feeling of fullness, thus decreasing food intake.
The band promotes a steady weight loss, causing the body to draw
on its own fat reserve in order to get energy. The body absorbs
all ingested food.
The body's digestive tract is not altered in any way so food can
still be fully digested.
Success can only be achieved with a patient's simultaneous change
in eating patterns.
This change will also help prevent pain and vomiting, which may
occur if a patient overeats with a band in place. Recovery time
for patients who have the Lap-Band® procedure is
usually two weeks.