About LAP-BAND® Surgery
LAP-BAND surgery involves implanting an adjustable gastric band designed to help you lose weight, improve weight-related health conditions and enhance quality of life. It reduces the stomach capacity and the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. The LAP-BAND is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface. This procedure creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can only hold a small amount of food, and you feel full sooner. As a result, you will eat less and lose weight.
Advantages of LAP-BAND Surgery
- Minimal trauma.
- Least invasive surgical option.
- No intestinal re-routing.
- No cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestine.
- Small incisions and minimal scarring.
- Reduced pain and shorter recovery.
- No dumping syndrome; (dumping syndrome is associated with the gastric bypass).
- Outpatient procedure.
- Reversible procedure.
Being in my mid-50s, change is not something I undertake casually. I had LAP-BAND® surgery with Dr. Michaelson in 2011 because I knew it was time to prioritize my health. My insurance covered the procedure, and I was able to lose 50 pounds in the first eight months. Unfortunately, by 2017, I had gained back all of the weight, plus some. I was still determined to win my lifelong battle with obesity and returned to Dr. Michaelson for a second procedure. This time I had a gastric sleeve revision, which I paid for out of pocket, so you know I believe in my surgeon! To date, I have lost 64 pounds, and I am continuing to slowly lose.
The revision was by far the best decision I have ever made for myself. I feel absolutely amazing! I traveled from Alaska for surgery on a Tuesday and flew home on Friday.
I was back at work on Monday with no issues at all. I’m loving life post-revision!