Laparoscopic Banding

Approved in 2001 by the FDA, laparoscopic banding is the safest and least invasive bariatric surgery for patients for patients interested in weight-loss surgery. 

The lap band is a small, saline-inflatable band placed around the upper portion of the patient’s stomach.  The surgery is performed laparoscopically, which means less scarring, shorter hospital stay, less pain, quicker return to full activities, and fewer long-term complications.  And it leaves the stomach fully intact.

It works by being placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch that holds a small amount of food.  The band restricts the amount of food consumed, slows the emptying of food from the stomach, and provides a constant sensation of being full.  It allows you to finally gain control over your hunger.

Operating time is about 60 minutes and most patients are ready to leave the hospital the following day.  Over 200,000 of these surgeries have been performed around the world providing their safety and effectiveness. Most patients can return to work within a week or two.

How does it work?
The lap band is adjustable to fit your particular weight loss needs, which can control the amount of saline in the band with a fine needle through the skin.  The average weight loss of lap band patients in a clinical study was approximately 36-38% of excess weight, two to three years after surgery.  Most importantly, the procedure is 100% reversible, which means that at any point the band can be easily removed, leaving your body virtually unchanged.

Our bariatric program now accepts patients who wish to pay out of pocket for the lap band procedure.  Many of our patients are surprised at just how affordable this option is.  Patients often choose this alternative because their insurance carrier may feel that they do not meet their criteria for bariatric surgery or require a 6 month to one year wait before they will allow patients who otherwise qualify to undergo surgery.  We are more than happy to discuss this very affordable option with in greater detail at the time of your initial consultation.




Danny Sherwinter, MD, FACS
Dr. Sherwinter, director of the division of bariatric surgery, obtained his medical training at SUNY Downstate completed a surgical residency at Brookdale Medical Center followed by a fellowship in laparoscopy                                           read more>>
Harry Adler, MD, FACS
Dr. Adler is Associate Director of the department of surgery at Maimonides Medical Center. He is graduate of New York University School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at New York University                                                           read more>>

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