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Adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND®) is a restrictive form of weight-loss surgery in which an inflatable silicone band is fastened around the upper portion of the stomach. LAP-BAND patients can lose an average of 55% of their excess weight 5 years following surgery.

Learn more about adjustable gastric banding. 

Common terms for the LAP-BAND beginner

If you spend time on any LAP-BAND®forums or online communities, you're likely to see seasoned Bandsters using abbreviations and terminology that may be confusing to the LAP-BAND newcomer. Familiarizing yourself with some commonly used terms can help you make sense of the jargon and learn from other patients' experiences.

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After LAP-BAND surgery

After your gastric banding surgery, your bariatric surgeon will place you on a temporary post-surgery diet. It’s important that you follow all instructions carefully to ensure that you experience a safe recovery and heal thoroughly after surgery. In most cases, it may take your body up to two months to heal completely from adjustable gastric banding.

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Making LAP-BAND adjustments

At the time the LAP-BAND is implanted around the upper portion of your stomach, the band will either be empty or just slightly inflated. The goal during the first few weeks is not to start losing weight, but to allow your body to heal and become familiar with the band. During this time period, it’s important that you take it easy and avoid behaviors that could trigger nausea or vomiting, or that put pressure on your abdominal area.

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LAP-BAND after gastric bypass

Some gastric bypass patients may not achieve their weight loss goals. According to Bariatric Times, the long-term failure rate for Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass patients is 20 to 35 percent. In patients with a BMI of 50 or higher, the failure rate can be as high as 60 percent.

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LAP-BAND can improve fertility for obese women

Many patients experience fertility issues related to their excess weight. In some cases, people can try for years to conceive with no success, even though fertility tests indicate no clinical problems for either partner.

Doctors have known for years that obese women have an increased risk of infertility. Obesity can cause irregular periods or complete lack of menstruation, a condition known as amenorrhea. It can also lead to a greater risk of miscarriage and complications during pregnancy, including high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. Even if you ovulate normally and have a regular menstrual cycle, obesity can make it difficult for you to conceive.

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