Every person is unique, so every weight management program at Wyoming Medical Center may not fit every person’s needs. The staff at WMC will help you determine what method of weight management would be most appropriate and successful for you.
Together with the surgeons from Casper Surgical Associates, Wyoming Medical Center is proud to offer the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System as one method of weight management.
The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved adjustable gastric band for use in weight reduction. Unlike gastric bypass, the LAP-BAND® System does not involve stomach cutting, stapling or re-routing of the intestine. The system does, however, help you lose weight gradually and safely. Within the first year after the operation, it is possible to lose 2 to 3 pounds per week.
How Does the LAP-BAND® System Work?
The surgically implanted silicone ring is placed around the top portion of your stomach, creating a small pouch and reducing the stomach’s capacity. The LAP-BAND® System is adjustable, which means the band is inflated and/or deflated with sterile saline to create the proper stomach diameter and pouch size.
Once the band is in place, tubing connects the LAP-BAND® System to an access port fixed beneath the skin. This port allows your surgeon to add or remove sterile saline to the band, a process that will inflate the band and make your stomach opening smaller, restricting the amount of food intake. Adjustments made to the band are based on your individual needs and may change as you begin to lose weight, or if you need to gain weight for medical reasons such as pregnancy.
The benefits of using the LAP-BAND® System include:
- By adjusting the band size, LAP-BAND® System helps you achieve a level of control during meals and snacks while maintaining a healthy diet. Adjustments made to the band are often performed by your surgeon in an office setting without surgery. During the first month you may see your surgeon up to four times for band adjustments. Then your surgeon may want to see you every four to 12 weeks during the first year.
- The procedure can be reversed if needed.
The LAP-BAND® System is not for everyone. In order to be eligible for LAP-BAND® you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 and at least one obesity related comorbid condition such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension or asthma. Figure out your BMI with our BMI Calculator
Long-Term Success Depends on You
Although the procedure can do its part in helping you lose weight, the long-term outcome of this program depends on you. The bariatric team will support you in your journey to improved health and wellness, but honesty, responsibility and cooperation play a critical role in your success. You will need to:
- Commit to improving your health
- Learn all you can about the program before making a decision
- Discuss any questions or concerns with your surgeon or program coordinator
- Follow all instructions in preparing for surgery
- Commit to following the nutrition, activity and other care instructions given to you before and after surgery
- Attend support groups regularly
- Follow up with your surgeon (if applicable) for regular check-ups and adjustments
To find out if the LAP-BAND® System is right for you, explore our Lap-Band® Frequently Asked Questions
page and sign up to attend one of our free seminars by calling (307) 577-2188. Check out seminar dates on the Events Calendar