For those who are at least 40 pounds overweight - depending on your BMI (body mass index) and co-morbidities - or hundreds of pounds overweight adjustable gastric banding may be the perfect weapon in your fight against obesity.
Approved by the FDA in 2001, Lap-Band (adjustable gastric banding) is the least invasive and safest of all weight loss surgeries if performed by an experienced surgeon. The minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is performed through very small incisions in the abdomen. It does not involve cutting or stapling the stomach, or intestinal re-routing like the gastric bypass. Lap-Band is adjustable to fit each patient's needs and the procedure is reversible.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
It's imperative to select a surgeon with a vast amount of experience and a well-proven track record in adjustable gastric banding surgery, like Dr. Felix Spiegel. Dr. Spiegel has dedicated his entire practice to helping patients improve their health and their lives through Lap-Band weight loss surgery and a comprehensive after-care program.
"Gastric banding has been performed in Europe for decades. I learned about the procedure in 1993 and was immediately impressed. As soon as Lap-Band became FDA-approved, I started performing the surgery," Dr. Spiegel said. "Since then I've done over 6,000 adjustable banding procedures. The device maker, now Allergen, told us that, according to their records, I've done more Lap-Band procedures than anyone else in the world."
Why are experience and skill so important in the surgeon you select? Although the Lap-Band surgery itself is minimally invasive, it is an extremely technical procedure. The Lap-Band stays with you throughout your life and works every time you eat.
"The device is highly customized and has to be placed perfectly," Dr. Spiegel explained. "The size, position and angle must be just right for each patient. Once the Lap-Band is in place, any adjustments must be accurate."