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LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed.

During the procedure, surgeons usually use the laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long-shafted instruments rather than a large incision) to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.

The LAP-BAND System is also the only adjustable weight loss surgery available in the United States. The diameter of the band is adjustable to meet your individual needs, which can change as you lose weight. To modify the size of the band, its innersurface can be inflated or deflated with saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to a reservoir, which is placed well under the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the reservoir with a fine needle through the skin.

At the Comprehensive Bariatric Center at Providence, we understand how you feel. We provide a medical solution to help our patients achieve long-term weight loss. Our proven, surgically based program and experienced staff can help you achieve what diets have failed to. Our program is designed to help you lose the weight and keep it off for good.

Our Surgery Center is a technologically advanced facility with the latest in surgical equipment and laparoscopic instrumentation. By providing a superior quality treatment environment, we help ensure the highest standards of patient care and comfort. We'll do our best to make your stay as safe and comfortable as possible.

You will find the Comprehensive Bariatric Center at Providence conveniently close to our hospital. We're located in the Providence Plaza building at 405 Londonderry, Suite 103 Waco, Texas 76712.

We're open Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM.

Reach us by telephone at (254) 751-4300.

Melissa Green, RN is the program coordinator and works closely with our internists and surgeons. Dr. Gayland Sims, FACS is our Medical Director

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