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Body Contouring LAP-BAND® System

The LAP-BAND System

LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding Weight Loss Procedure

Be on your way to a lighter and healthier you with the LAP-BAND® System at Hedden Plastic Surgery. Success with the Lap Band has helped many men and women lose the extra weight and lead a more active lifestyle. You can finally focus on life instead of dieting with the FDA approved LAP-BAND System.

The Lap Band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to slow the emptying of food into the lower stomach. This helps you eat less by limiting the amount of food you can eat at any one time, and by increasing the time it takes for food to digest.

The LAP-BAND System is minimally-invasive to your body and minimally disruptive to your life. The placement procedure at Dr. Hedden's outpatient surgery center in Birmingham, Alabama usually takes less than an hour. After the procedure, patients can get back to normal activities in about a week.

Losing Weight with the LAP-BAND System

The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System helps you lose weight so you can get on with a more energetic and healthy life. During the minimally-invasive procedure, a larascope (a thin tube with a tiny camera) is used to make a few tiny incisions in the abdominal area. The FDA approved Lap Band device is placed around the upper part of the stomach to limit food intake.

The LAP-BAND contains a series of individual "pillows" that are located within the perimeter of the device. Adjustments to the Lap Band are made by expanding or deflating these pillows with saline solution to allow more or less food into the lower stomach. Adjustments are made through a comfortable access port located beneath the skin and connected to the Lap Band by thin tubing. Unlike more invasive bariatric surgery techniques, the Lap Band is reversible.

Is the LAP-BAND Right for Me?

The Lap Band may be right for you if your BMI is at least 30, you have tried to lose the extra weight with non-surgical methods and you are committed to changes in your lifestyle and eating habits. Obesity is a medical condition that affects more than a third of adults in the United States and increases the risk of weight-related health problems.*

If your goal is to lessen your risk of weight-related health conditions and enjoy a better quality of life, the LAP-BAND at Hedden Plastic Surgery is a proven way to lose weight and keep it off.

* Journal of American Medicine

LAP-BAND Safety Information

The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction in patients with obesity with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 or a BMI of at least 30 with one or more obesity-related conditions. Patients must be at least 18 years of age and have tried more conservative alternatives such as supervised dieting and exercise. Lap Band patients must commit to lifelong changes in their eating habits.

Contact our practice in Birmingham, AL today to learn more about weight loss with the LAP-BAND System at Hedden Plastic Surgery.