The Lap-Band Procedure

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Dr. Provost explains how the Lap-Band works, and the benefits and risks to consider for this procedure.

The Lap-Band is an adjustable laparoscopic gastric band used for the surgical treatment of obesity. The band was approved by the FDA in June 2001, although gastric banding operations have been performed in other parts of the world since 1993. The Lap-Band limits how much food a person can comfortably consume and also decreases hunger. Because the Lap-Band is adjustable, patients can lose weight gradually. Although initial weight loss is 10%-15% less than weight loss following a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, long-term outcomes are similar between the two procedures. Read the full story

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