Few procedures produce faster results than lap band surgery, but most patients who have undergone this treatment need regular lap band fills to optimize their weight loss. Dr. Gail Altschuler at Marin Weight Loss & Wellness provides lap band fills at their Novato, California location. If you need a lap band adjustment, call today or book an appointment online.
A lap band is a gastric medical device that’s permanently implanted around your upper stomach to restrict the volume of food that can pass through. A lap band essentially tricks you into thinking your stomach is full.
Lap band fills are adjustments made to the device’s aperture, using a saline injection that fills and tightens the band, to optimize weight loss and comfort. After a lap band fill, it may feel like your stomach shrank, but it’s only been shaped differently to restrict how much food you can fit during a snack or meal period.
By narrowing the top of your stomach, Dr. Altschuler provides a physical means of weight loss that offers several benefits, including:
The lap band fill process is also minimally invasive and doesn’t typically require any anesthesia.
It’s important to not eat anything for the first few hours after your lap band fill procedure. If you vomit or have trouble ingesting liquids, return to Dr. Altschuler right away so she can widen your lap band by removing some of its fill. Never force anything down your stomach.
Some discomfort is common from swelling around the band area, but that typically subsides within a few days.
You may need a lap band fill adjustment once or twice within a year of your initial lap band surgery. Over time, Dr. Altschuler may further adjust it to increase your weight loss or to remove some of the fill, according to your comfort level and personal goals.
If you’ve had lap band surgery and need a fill or adjustment, call Marin Weight Loss & Wellness or make an appointment online today.