The LAP-BAND® System

The Lap band procedure is minimally invasive bariatric surgery that can help you gradually lose weight and keep it off for a healthier lifestyle. New Hope Surgical Weight Loss Center offers Lap Band Surgery in Chicago and surrounding suburbs as an in-patient procedure with minimal downtime.

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What is the Lap-Band?

The LAP-BAND® system, being a laparoscopic procedure, means that only tiny incisions are made in the abdomen to perform the surgery. The surgeon will then place an adjustable gastric band that creates a small pouch on the upper portion of your stomach. The surgery typically lasts less than an hour and does not have a lengthy recovery compared to other bariatric procedures.

This surgery is also available as a single incision laparoscopic (SILS) option, which is done through the belly button with only one incision with virtually no visible scar. It is a safer bariatric procedure when compared to the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

Quick Facts
About the Lap-Band

Quick Facts About the Lap-Band

  • Adjustable
  • Reversible
  • No cutting of the stomach
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Improvement or resolution of Type 2 diabetes
  • Total mortality rate 0.22%

Lap-Band Success Tip:

A monthly follow-up is an essential part of your successful long-term weight loss. Schedule a follow-up consultation at our Chicagoland lap band location.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The expected recovery time for gastric banding is generally between 2 – 10 days.
The Lap-Band System can be easily adjusted to limit the amount of food you can eat. The band can be adjusted tighter (for more restriction) or loosened (to allow more food to pass through) by adding or removing saline. The procedure is virtually painless and only takes minutes to complete. It is recommended that you only intake liquids for a few days after the fill before returning to solid foods. Since every patient is different, the number of adjustments, if any, will vary from person to person.
Patients typically have their first adjustment four to six weeks after surgery. There is no limit to how many times the Lap-Band can be adjusted. Keep in mind that adjustments are an essential part of post-surgical care. It is recommended that you regularly follow-up with your surgeon at least every four to six months even if you feel your band is well adjusted.

An appointment needs to be scheduled if you have experienced any of the following:

  • Have not lost weight in two or more weeks
  • Have gained weight
  • The band feels too tight
  • Excess discomfort, heartburn, regurgitation, and coughing
A monthly follow-up is one of the keys to successful weight loss with the Lap-Band System. It is essential that the monthly follow-ups continue until the weight loss goal is reached.
Adjustments vary from person to person. You may require a visit to have the band calibrated to your individual needs. Bands typically need to be adjusted if weight gain occurs or the band feels too tight.
Yes, although Lap-Band System is not meant to be removed. The stomach generally returns to its original shape once the gastric band is removed.
It is made out of silicone and titanium.
Although it is rare, it is possible for the body reject foreign object such as the gastric band.
Sample dietary guidelines can be found on our Lap Band Diet page.