A stomach band, more commonly referred to as a lap band, is an increasingly popular form of reversible and adjustable weight loss surgery. As performed by highly respected bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., FACS, the operation is a much less invasive alternative to the gastric bypass that is safe and very effective when performed correctly. The band is placed on the upper portions of the stomach where it significantly reduces the flow of nutrition into the stomach. The result is a natural reduction in appetite and a resulting significant weight loss.
Not surprisingly, the stomach band has become increasingly popular with patients who are seeking an effective but less invasive weapon in the battle against morbid obesity. Performed through microscopic camera-assisted laparoscopic surgery, the lap band procedure nevertheless requires the highest degree of medical skill. Dr. Feiz is one of the top practitioners in the field of bariatric medicine and an acknowledged expert in less invasive weight loss surgeries. Boasting a zero mortality rate, he is also admired by his patients for his sensitive and honest approach to an often difficult subject.
While bariatric surgery should only be considered when a reduced calorie diet and vigorous exercise have failed to produce results, Dr. Feiz notes the many benefits of these operations. Aside from the obvious psychological boost of reaching a healthier weight, weight loss in the aftermath of the stomach band has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiac issues, and other illnesses related to obesity. Moreover, a gastric lap band is a less drastic alternative to older forms of bariatric surgery that may be acceptable for some patients who would be unable or unwilling to undergo a bypass.