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Lap-Band® (Gastric Banding)

Gastric banding with Lap-Band can be an effective weight loss procedure to benefit patients with a BMI of 30 or greater.*

What is Lap-Band Gastric Banding?

Laparoscopic gastric banding, most commonly known as Lap-Band®, is a surgical weight loss procedure in which the amount a person can eat is restricted by the size of the stomach. Dr. Darrell Doucette, our board-certified bariatric surgeon and obesity medicine specialist, offers gastric band surgery in Huntsville, Alabama.

In the procedure, Dr. Doucette will place a Lap-Band around the upper portion of the stomach, which can be adjusted (increase or decrease the tightness), to create a small section of the stomach so the patient will feel fuller faster. Unlike the gastric sleeve, the gastric band doesn’t remove any part of the stomach, instead regulating the speed of digesting food using an adjustable band.

Benefits of Gastric Banding

Steady Weight Loss

Weight loss through gastric banding surgery is a gradual and consistent process, with many patients losing an average of 40% of excess weight over the course of two years.1*

No Stapling

Gastric band surgery only restricts the stomach and does not involve rerouting or stapling your intestines.

Quicker Recovery Time

The gastric banding system is performed laparoscopically which typically results in: less scarring, narcotics and shorter hospital stays.*

Adjustable

Through an outpatient procedure, the band can be adjusted to increase or decrease the size of the opening into the stomach.

Better Overall Health

Patients may experience improvement in conditions associated with obesity such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypertension, joint pain and high cholesterol.*

Calculate Your BMI


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Your Results
BMI < 20
Underweight
BMI 20 - 24.9
Healthy Weight
BMI 25 - 29.9
Overweight
BMI 30 - 34.9
Class 1 Obesity
BMI 35 - 39.9
Class 2 Obesity
BMI 40 - 49.9
Class 3 Obesity
BMI > 50
Class 4 Obesity

Gastric Banding: What to Expect

Preparing for Lap-Band Surgery

As a patient with Alabama Surgical Associates, our team will walk you through all of the steps of preparing for your Lap-Band procedure. You will have a thorough medical examination to ensure that you are a good candidate for this bariatric surgery procedure. We will help you learn about all aspects of the Lap-Band procedure, recovery period, and the lifestyle changes that will help you overcome obesity. By the date of your surgery, you will have worked with a dietician to learn about healthy eating habits, have learned about safe and effective exercises, and emotional factors that often accompany obesity. Thanks to your relationships with members of the Alabama Surgical Associates team, you will have a strong support network to help you throughout your weight loss surgery experience.

The Lap-Band Procedure

The surgery occurs while the patient is fully anesthetized, and is performed through a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique using only small incisions. Dr. Doucette performs the procedure using a tiny video camera and specialized instruments inserted through the small incisions.

During the gastric banding procedure, the LAP-BAND® is placed around the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band. The band has a small balloon attached to it which is filled with saline by the surgeon to achieve the appropriate amount of restriction. The band can be resized by the surgeon by adding or removing the saline.

Afterwards, when patients eat, the food fills the top stomach pouch created by the band, giving the feeling of fullness with less food. The food will slowly filter through the restricted opening into the rest of the stomach where it will continue to be digested normally.

Recovery After Lap-Band

Most patients go back to work within one week and resume light exercise within two weeks after Lap-Band surgery.

After surgery, the stomach will need to adjust to the band. Patients will be placed on a special diet to reintroduce solid food over the first six weeks. In order to reduce the risk of the band slipping, patients need to strictly adhere to the meal plan schedule. This allows both the stomach and patient to adjust to the small capacity of the pouch. Supplements are also required to make sure patients get all the nutrients they need.

Lap-Band Results

While results vary, patients may expect to begin losing weight in the weeks following Lap-Band surgery.*

Patients typically lose up to 40% of excess body weight.2 The amount of weight lost depends on the patient’s commitment to a new lifestyle of healthy eating and physical activity. As with any surgery, there is a small risk of complications, which will be addressed by your surgeon during your consultation.

Gastric Balloon
ESG
Gastric Banding
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Bypass
DS/SADI-S
Invasiveness

Non-Invasive

Non-Invasive

Minimal

Minimal

Minimal

Minimal

Excess Weight Loss*

20-40lbs

50%

40%

65%-70%

65%-70%

80%

Rate of Weight Loss*

Slow

Fast

Slower

Fast

Fast

Fastest

Average Procedure Time

Less than 30 minutes

Less than 1 hour

Less than 1 hour

Less than 1 hour

2 hours

2-3 hours

Typical Hospital Stay*

Out-patient

Out-patient

Out-patient

Out-patient

1 night

1 night

Insurance Coverage Available*

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Financing Available

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Self Pay Cost

$5,995

$8,995

$8,995

$9,995

$11,995

*Call for Pricing

Gastric Baloon

Invasiveness
Non-Invasive
Excess Weight Loss*
20-40lbs
Rate of Weight Loss*
Slow
Average Procedure Time
Less than 30 minutes
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
No
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$5,995

ESG

Invasiveness
Non-Invasive
Excess Weight Loss*
50%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fast
Average Procedure Time
Less than 1 hour
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
No
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$8,995

Gastric Banding

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
40%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Slower
Average Procedure Time
Less than 1 Hour
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$8,995

Gastric Sleeve

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
65%-70%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fast
Average Procedure Time
Less than 1 Hour
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$9,995

Gastric Bypass

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
65%-70%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fast
Average Procedure Time
2 Hours
Typical Hospital Stay*
1 night
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$11,995

DS/SADI-S

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
80%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fastest
Average Procedure Time
2-3 Hours
Typical Hospital Stay*
1 night
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
*Call for Pricing

Contact Alabama Surgical Associates

If you would like to discuss your candidacy for Lap-Band with Dr. Doucette, you can schedule a consultation by calling (256) 880-1977 or contacting us here. Our staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have at any point in your journey.

*Individual results may vary.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Banding

+ What are the risks of Lap-Band?

The Lap-Band is generally considered to be a safe weight loss procedure, with more than 1,000,000 bands placed around the world in the last 25 years. Still, any surgical procedure is associated with some risks and complications. Complications of Lap-Band may include:

  • Band slippage
  • Band erosion
  • Food trapping3

+ How long does Lap-Band last?

The Lap-Band is designed to remain in place for life. Your band will need to be adjusted, especially in the first year of placement, during a simple visit to our office. Lap-Band can also be adjusted for major life events like pregnancy.

1 Stroh C, Hohmann U, Schramm H, Meyer F, Manger T. Fourteen-year long-term results after gastric banding. J Obes. 2011;2011:128451. doi: 10.1155/2011/128451. Epub 2010 Dec 22. PMID: 21234392; PMCID: PMC3017910. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21234392/. Accessed April 4, 2022.
2 Stroh C, Hohmann U, Schramm H, Meyer F, Manger T. Fourteen-year long-term results after gastric banding. J Obes. 2011;2011:128451. doi: 10.1155/2011/128451. Epub 2010 Dec 22. PMID: 21234392; PMCID: PMC3017910. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21234392/. Accessed April 4, 2022.
3 ReShape Lifesciences. Lap-Band Patient Information. Available: https://www.lapband.com/. Accessed April 4, 2022.