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This procedure permanently reshapes your stomach into a long, thin pouch that limits the amount of food you can eat at one time. You will feel full sooner and longer. Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual manner. As you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using fat supply for energy.
During this procedure, your surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach that makes a new path for your food, bypassing much of the stomach. This affects how your body weight is regulated in two ways. First, you will be satisfied with very small meal portions. Secondly, you will absorb less calories due to the bypassed portion of your stomach and intestines.
Lap Band, or adjustable gastric band, was once the most popular bariatric procedure in the U.S. However, some patients developed an intolerance to the band, resulting in issues such as excessive nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing and pain after eating, so use of the Lap Band has decreased.
Our bariatric surgery team can remove your band if you suffer from these symptoms. However, without another procedure, you are likely to regain weight. You can have gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery here at Yuma Regional six months after band removal.