Gastric Bands and the Lap Band Procedure
There are two types of Gastric Bands: Lap Band from Allergan Company and Realize Band from Johnson and Johnson Company. Both work the same way and are biocompatibles.
Dr. Arturo Rodriguez will discuss the type of Gastric Band that will be used in patient's surgery.
The gastric band or "belt" is constructed of a silicone material that
is placed around the upper part of the stomach during the gastric
band procedure. This is used to limit food intake.
is a hose or "tube" that connects the gastric band to a port or "valve".
This port is placed in the fat of the abdominal wall. It is used
to inject saline solution into the gastric band to increase or decrease
its diameter. This changes the opening of the stomach where food
Different types of Adjustable Gastric Band differ in design, shape,
smoothness, and edges. There are also differences in the way that
the Gastric Band is placed in the abdominal cavity. They vary in length
and after closing it differs from one to another in the way it ties
to the stomach (concentric, in triangular manner, or as a clip).
of the Adjustable Gastric Bands can be seen by X-ray as opposed
to other types of Gastric Bands. The port and the way it is connected with
the hose differ with each gastric band. The ports are made of different
materials and come in different shapes and sizes. The amount of
fluid that a gastric band can hold is determined by the size and length
of the gastric band. It may hold anywhere from 4cc to 15cc.