Lap Band

Lap Band
Since the FDA approved it in 1996, the LAP-BAND® system has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight and improve their health. Over 850,000 LAP-BAND® procedures have been performed, and many West Richland, Washington residents come to Greater Columbia Bariatric Surgery and Dr. Earl Fox, seeking LAP-BAND® placement.
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LAP-BAND®

by Earl Fox, MD

What is the LAP-BAND® system, and how does it work?

The LAP-BAND® system is the first FDA-approved weight loss device offered to patients with a BMI of 30–40. It is a safe, effective and minimally invasive surgical procedure that empowers patients to take control over their weight loss. Surgeons who provide LAP-BAND® to patients have been specially trained in the surgical technique required to put the system into place. Simply put, the LAP-BAND® works by constricting the stomach to reduce its capacity. That allows the patient to achieve a feeling of fullness with far less food than they might consume without the band in place. Over a period of time, significant weight loss can occur.

What is the patient’s role in achieving success with the LAP-BAND® system?

While the LAP-BAND® itself will limit the patient’s stomach capacity, each individual who uses the system will have to take an active role in his or her own weight loss. This is achieved by making good decisions in regard to nutrition, increasing physical activity as the weight comes off, and making the lifestyle adjustments necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. It is a mistake to think about the LAP-BAND® system as a one-time, cure-all solution. It is better thought of as a jump-start toward an improved way of life and a healthier state of being.

Is everyone a good candidate for the LAP-BAND® system?

The LAP-BAND® system has been used to help hundreds of thousands of people achieve significant weight loss, but the system is not right for everyone. In general, this procedure is best suited for adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more or are at least 30 pounds overweight. Good candidates are not suffering from disease, are not heavy drinkers, and are not currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the immediate future. Individuals who are not well suited for LAP-BAND® surgery are those who have heart conditions, lung disease or intestinal disorders. People who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are also not good candidates for this type of bariatric surgery.

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