Lap-Band Surgery

Lap-Band® is a brand name for adjustable gastric banding surgery. During lap band surgery, Dr. Stowers makes several small incisions and uses special laparoscopic instruments, including a tiny camera to look inside the abdomen and place the adjustable gastric band. The Lap-Band is connected to a subcutaneous port via a long tube.  Through this port, the doctor can add or remove saline from the band, making it tighter or looser. This creates a pouch at the top of your stomach, which allows you to feel full after just a few bites, helping you eat less and lose weight.

Weight loss with lap band surgery is slower and takes around two years to reach your weight loss goal.  A 2006 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine  showed that compared to patients trying to lose weight through diet, exercise, and behavior modification alone, lap band surgery patients lost more weight in one year and continued to lose weight for the next two years.

Of the bariatric surgery procedures offered by Dr. Scott Stowers, Medical Director of My Bariatric Solutions, the Lap-Band is the one that is 100% reversible, as it does not change your internal anatomy. gastric band surgery does require you to alter your diet, and to monitor portion control and vitamin intake. You will need to be seen monthly for the first 6 months following weight loss surgery to have your band adjusted “or filled,” and you will need to be seen yearly to have your band checked.  It will take at least 3-4 months to have noticeable “restriction” that the band is intended to create.

As with all procedures, Lap-Band surgery does involve a few risks. These risks include:

  • heartburn, esophageal dilation or gastroesophageal reflux disease if the gastric band slips or is too tight. 
  • obstruction (when food gets stuck in your throat or the band slips “obstructing” the outlet to your stomach), malnutrition or problems with the access port.
  • erosion where the band erodes through the lining of the stomach.  Persons at greatest risk for erosion are those who fail to quit smoking or begin smoking after Lap-Band surgery.  

Most of these risks can be avoided by following the guidelines provided by your bariatric surgeon and care team after weight loss surgery.

If you are considering Lap-Band surgery in the Decatur or Fort Worth area or North Texas or anywhere in the United States call our office at 940.539.9105,  or email us at to schedule a weight loss surgery consultation. We look forward to helping you break free from obesity to achieve a healthy weight and live the life that you deserve!