Lap Band Surgery

Gastric banding is a common weight loss surgery procedure that has helped numerous men and women achieve a healthy weight in a safe, controlled manner. Dr. Bernie Hanna is one of the more experienced surgeons in Las Vegas. In order to achieve truly outstanding results, he customizes every procedure and carefully monitors each patient’s progress. Explore the paragraphs below to learn more about this weight loss option.

This option for weight loss surgery is minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that takes about 30 minutes to perform. An adjustable band is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach dividing it into a small upper pouch that holds about ½ cup of food, and a larger lower stomach.

By creating a smaller stomach pouch, it limits the amount of food that one eats at any one time. This allows you to feel full sooner and stay full longer feeling satisfied. The degree of tightness affects how much food you can eat and the length of time it takes for food to leave the stomach which allows you to stay satisfied with a small amount for a longer period of time. As you eat less your body will store less calories and you will start burning fat for energy which increases the weight loss. This procedure is reversible and is the least invasive, safest procedure.

Generally, candidates for this surgical procedure have a body mass index over 40 kg/m2, or are more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight. It can be performed on a person with a BMI of 35-40 kg/m2 if there are other medical conditions that are weight-related, such as high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes.

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