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What Can Gastric Lap Band Surgery Do for Obese Patients?

Obesity is a serious medical problem that affects more than one third of the American population. Numerous studies have confirmed that obesity is a significant risk factor in diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, some types of cancers and others. Gastric band surgery is one form of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) available to help patients who have failed on other therapies. Like other types of bariatric surgery, gastric lap band surgery is now commonly done as a laparoscopy procedure. Laparoscopic surgery has made the gastric lap band and other weight loss surgery procedures safer and is now the most common way in which bariatric surgery is performed.

How Does Gastric Lap Band Surgery Work?

The gastric lap band procedure involves placing an adjustable silicon band around the upper portion of the stomach. This inflatable gastric lap band is connected to a port that is placed just below the abdominal surface. After a short recovery period, the physician can begin to inflate the band through this port. As the gastric lap band inflates, it constricts the stomach and reduces the amount of food it can hold.

Lap Band Surgery Around Florida

Gastric lap band surgery has proven to produce safe weight loss in patients who have not succeeded using the first-line weight loss options. Like other bariatric surgery procedures, the gastric lap band is now commonly a laparoscopic surgery, meaning that it is safer and requires less time in the hospital. However, the patient must commit to follow a prescribed diet and exercise program before and after the surgery to get the best results.

Gastric Lap Band Surgery Is Not for Everyone

Eligibility Requirement and Dietary Changes

The complications seen with gastric lap band surgery are less frequent, the procedure is shorter and the hospital stay (if any) is reduced. The gastric lap band procedure is reversible via lap band removal, if necessary, and can be converted easily to a different type of weight loss surgery. However, not all patients are suitable for any type of bariatric surgery. Like all weight loss surgery procedures, the gastric lap band should be reserved for patients who have tried and failed to lose excess weight through diet, exercise and other first-line therapies.

Look For an Experienced Surgeon

Laparoscopic surgery techniques have made all bariatric surgery procedures better. A laparoscopy procedure requires the expert knowledge and skill of a trained surgeon and their support office and hospital personnel. Dr. Christian Birkedal is a board certified general surgeon who has over 15 years of experience in gastric lap band and other laparoscopic surgery techniques.

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Lap Band Surgery Needs in Alafaya

He and his office staff will guide you through the bariatric surgery process, including helping with obtaining approval from your insurance carrier. In his Daytona Beach and New Smyrna offices, he consuls patients from the entire east central Florida area including Alafaya. As a board certified general surgeon, he has many years of experience in bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric lap band, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve techniques. These laparoscopy procedures have made bariatric surgery a practical alternative for many patients.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

While gastric lap band surgery is well suited to some patients, others may require a more complicated bariatric surgery known as gastric bypass. Gastric bypass surgery does exactly what the name implies; it bypasses a portion of the digestive tract. After gastric bypass surgery, patients usually experience a rapid and dramatic loss of excess weight. However, there are also increased side effects such as inadequate absorption of vitamins and minerals. You should consult a well-qualified physician like Dr. Birkedal if you are considering gastric bypass surgery.

Risks Involved in Lap Band Surgery

Although laparoscopic surgery techniques have made all bariatric surgery, including gastric lap band procedures safer, there is some risk associated with all weight loss surgery. If a lap band needs removal or replacement, it requires additional surgery. A few patients may experience symptoms like reflux, heartburn or bloating. This is another reason to consult an experienced surgeon before considering any bariatric surgery.

Cost of Lap Band Surgery

Gastric band surgery costs may vary widely from one patient to the next. The only way to determine an exact figure is to work with our office insurance professionals. Depending on your insurance coverage and other medical factors, all or most of the expense may be paid by insurance.

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