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Gastric band

Lap Band or gastric banding surgery was for years a very common option for weight loss surgery, it is a Saline Inflatable Silicon Band surgically tied around the top part of the stomach to cause early satiety, and sense of food restriction.

Being less invasive than gastric bypass surgery, and having acceptable results in general, it was one of the very common weight loss procedures done 10 years ago. But over the last 5-8 years many reports showed higher than expected complications, and failure rates, and with the introduction of Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Band surgery became a very uncommonly used weight loss procedure in the US. Dr. Mirza does not recommend the lap band surgery.

For those patients who have Gastric bands “Lap Band,” and are enjoying the restriction they provide and the weight loss they help maintain, we recommend to all of them to have a very close follow up with their experienced weight loss surgeon who monitors their bands, and address any issues that could be developing, we do not recommend the routine removal of a completely functional non-complicated Lap band, verified by an experienced bariatric surgeon, we rather recommend a close follow up.


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All weight loss claims are due to surgery and before and after care. Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program. As with any Medical procedure or surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications. If you have specific questions about the procedure we suggest you arrange for a consult with the Doctor.

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