Lap Band Surgery in Los Angeles
Also known as gastric banding, the Lap-Band is the safest weight loss surgery option today and is the only operation approved by the FDA for lower BMI patients (BMI 30-35). In our hands, it is also extremely effective, achieving in excess of 200 pounds of weight loss when needed. It involves placing a band around part of the stomach, reducing its size, and limiting the amount of food you can consume.
Gastric Banding & Lap Band Surgery
Gastric banding is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves the placement of an adjustable silicone band around part of the stomach. The procedure is most commonly referred to as Lap Band, after the brand name of a leading adjustable gastric banding device.
Gastric banding falls into the category of restrictive weight loss surgery. This means it works by simply reducing the stomach size and limiting the amount of food one can comfortably consume. It also means, unlike other types of weight loss surgeries, that no disconnection or re-routing of the intestines is required. Another perk of haivng Lap-band is If you are not happy with the the results, you can always choose to have your Lap Band removed.
How Is Lap Band Surgery Done?
Requiring no incision to the intestines or actual stomach, gastric banding is the least invasive option in weight loss surgery. The procedure is done laparoscopically. This means that the entire surgery is conducted using several small surgical instruments and a thin, lighted viewing instrument, all of which are inserted through a few small incisions in the abdomen. The name Lap Band is actually just a foreshortening of the full name for such a device, which is “Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band.”
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How Does Lap Band Help You To Lose Weight?
During Lap Band surgery, small tools are used to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach, separating it into two sections. Typically, the human stomach has an average capacity of forty ounces. When sectioned by gastric banding, the capacity of the upper part of the stomach is reduced to just one to two ounces.
The advantage of this is that a person will begin to feel full and want to stop eating after having only filled up the new upper pouch. Food then passes slowly through the small opening between the upper and lower stomach, which is created by the tightened band. Unlike many weight loss surgeries, which change the way the body digests and processes food, gastric banding simply slows down the natural process. This means that the stomach can still tolerate most types of food, foods that would otherwise be off-limits for most weight loss surgery patients.
The Lap Band is adjustable due to a plastic tube that runs from the band to a device called a “port”. During surgery, the port is surgically attached to the muscle wall of the abdomen, just under the skin. Through this port, a trained physician can inject or extract a saline solution to adjust the tightness of the band. This adjustability allows the band to be individually optimized, in order to achieve maximum weight loss with minimal side effects. As weight is lost, the band may also require further adjustment.
Am I a Candidate For Lap Band Surgery?
There are certain specific requirements one must meet in order to qualify for Lap-Band surgery. The procedure is generally reserved for adults with a BMI of 40 or higher, or individuals with a BMI between 30 and 40 who also have at least one other obesity-related health condition which might be improved with weight loss.
While there are many advantages to this type of weight loss surgery there may be other options that could be better suited to your situation. Dr. David Davtyan, at The Weight Loss Surgery Center Of Los Angeles, can help you determine whether Lap Band Surgery is right for you or if another procedure might be able to benefit you more.
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We are fully equipped to deliver the highest quality surgery for Lap Band Los Angeles has to offer. If you are interested in Lap-Band surgery, our expert physician can help determine whether it is truly the right procedure for you.
What Can I Expect During Lap Band Surgery?
Your Lap Band journey begins during a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Davtyan. During that meeting, he will listen closely to the challenges you’ve had with your weight over the years, review your medical history and gain an understanding of the results you’d like to achieve. You will then receive dietary, lifestyle, and health counseling, to ensure you have the tools you need to meet your weight loss goals after surgery. This part of your treatment is critical to your success because a large part of overcoming obesity involves changing your lifestyle and mindset. You will also learn about the risks and benefits of Lap-Band and about other weight loss surgery options. Additionally, you will see before and after photos of Dr. David Davtyan’s actual patients who succeeded after their weight loss surgery. You will also get to see video testimonials of weight loss surgery patients. Once Dr. David Davtyan is confident that you’re ready to move forward, he will schedule your operation.
A minimally-invasive procedure, your Lap-Band surgery will be performed with tiny surgical tools and a thin, lighted viewing instrument – all of which will be carefully inserted through several minute incisions in your abdomen. The viewing instrument will be connected to a screen in the operating room, which will guide Dr. David Davtyan throughout your procedure. To perform the surgery, Dr. David Davtyan will fasten an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of your stomach, which will create a new, smaller stomach pouch that limits the amount of food you can consume. The band will also create a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and intestines, so you feel full and satisfied with smaller amounts of food.
We have performed thousands of Lap-Band procedures with outstanding weight loss results and very few side effects or complications.
Excess weight affects the health and livelihood of 60% of Americans. For many of us fighting obesity is a lifelong struggle with battles won and battles lost. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band System) opens a new era in obesity treatment and gives us the technology for our ultimate victory.
An Overview Of Your Recovery
Because Lap-Band is a minimally-invasive procedure, you can look forward to a relatively quick and easy recovery period from the comfort of your home. For the first few days after surgery, you should focus on getting plenty of rest and taking short walks around the house to promote circulation and decrease your chances of developing a blood clot. In addition, you should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for at least a few weeks to ensure an optimal healing process.
You’ll also need to follow very specific dietary instructions after surgery. For example, you’ll need to embrace a liquid-only diet for the first two weeks to give your stomach a chance to heal. Some examples of safe liquids will be provided by Dr. David Davtyan. From there, you will progress to soft, pureed foods for the next four weeks. And finally, at around six weeks post-surgery you will be able to resume eating solid foods – but in much smaller portions than before.
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- Highly Effective.
The Lap-Band is a highly effective way to lose a substantial amount of weight over time. In fact, some of Dr. David Davtyan’s patients have lost over 200 pounds with the Lap-Band and most of Dr. David Davtyan’s patients lose approximately one to two pounds per week on average for the first year.
- Less Invasive.
The Lap-Band is a less invasive option for Dr. David Davtyan’s Rancho Cucamonga patients because it doesn’t require incisions in the stomach or rerouting of the intestines.
- Decreased Hunger.
Hunger control is a challenge for many patients who struggle with obesity. With gastric bypass, you will experience decreased hunger – allowing you to achieve the weight loss you need.
- Quick Procedure, Quick Recovery.
The Lap-Band procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis and only takes about one hour to complete. Patients can have an operation Friday and be back to work by Monday.
During surgery, Dr. David Davtyan will insert a port in the muscle wall of your abdomen, just underneath the skin. Through that port, he can inject or extract a saline solution to adjust the band, tightening or loosening it as necessary to change the size of your stomach pouch.
If you want to have your Lap-Band removed at any point, the procedure is completely reversible.
- Safest Weight Loss Surgery.
Lap-Band is the safest bariatric procedure (or weight loss surgery).
Dr. David Davtyan himself is a Lap-Band patient since 2001.
When you undergo a Lap-Band procedure with Dr. David Davtyan, you can rest assured that he and his team are committed to getting you the results you want. As such, he will work closely with you throughout this entire process, ensuring you have access to the support, guidance, and tools you need to achieve your weight loss objectives.