Approved by the FDA in 2009, gastric band surgery is an increasingly popular option for those struggling with their weight. The LAP-Band system is one of the most popular brands and has become synonymous with gastric banding.

The technique behind gastric banding and the LAP-BAND system involves placing a restrictive band on the upper part of the stomach. The band, typically made of silicone, creates a smaller pouch of the stomach that can only hold about an ounce of food. The smaller pouch sends signals of fullness to the brain faster and causes the patient to feel full quickly.

The procedure reports an average loss of about 80 pounds, but the results vary widely.

Discuss your questions or concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Nicholas Nikolov, who can fill you in on the details and proper expectations of the LAP-Band.

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