The gastric lap-band procedure is fairly simple:
Watch this video to see how the gastric lap-band procedure is done.
The procedure is:
Laparoscopic Surgery vs. Open Surgery
How does the surgeon get into your belly to perform the surgery?
Follow the proper pre-surgery diet to help assure your surgery is laparoscopic!
Ideally the procedure is done laparoscopically (as in the video above):
This is preferable to cutting you abdomen open. (Think big, long scar!)
Benefits of having the procedure done laparoscopically include:
Note: A planned laparoscopic procedure can turn into an open surgery if there are problems in the operating room. For example, once inside your abdomen, if the surgeon finds it difficult to place the band because your liver is too large (i.e., too fatty) he may have to open you up or cancel the procedure.
(Read about the importance of a proper pre-bariatric-surgery diet in preventing a fatty liver!)
Also, if you're thinking about going to Mexico for weight loss surgery, you should know ahead of time what will happen if things don't go as planned in the O.R.!
Gastric Lap-Band Procedure is Reversible
If there's a problem with your gastric band, or if you can't lose enough weight or adjust to the new eating habits, it can be removed and your stomach will most likely return to its original form.
People often ask, "Can I have it removed after I lose my excess weight?"
While that's possible, it's not recommended because there's a good chance if you do that you'll just gain all the weight back...over even more!