Daniel Farkas, M.D., F.A.C.S.

General Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Bariatric Surgery

1650 Selwyn Ave, #4E Bronx, NY 10457

718-960-1243


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Lap-Band

The lap-band system works by wrapping a silicon band around the top portion of the stomach. All the food then has to squeeze through the band. This bottleneck causes the patient to feel full with less food, and to not feel hungry.

The reason behind the success of the lap-band has a great deal to do with the fact that it is adjustable. The band is connected by tubing to a port, which is placed just below the skin in the front of the abdomen. By injecting saline into the port, which can usually be done in the office, the band can be tightened or loosened as determined by how the patient feels.

This operation is done laparoscopically, which is a minimally invasive technique. This means the operation is done with small incisions, using a telescopic camera, and long thin instruments. These types of operations are generally tolerated better than open operations.

The weight loss seen with a lap-band is slow, but steady. Patients can go on losing weight for several years. The final weight loss is usually greater than 50% of the excess weight, but can be even more.

 

 

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