The adjustment is a simple process: The access port underneath the skin of your abdomen is located by feeling for it on the surface of your skin. A fine needle is inserted into the access port (you may feel a pricking sensation similar to when you give blood) and sterile saline fluid is added to your LAP-BAND®.
During the first year, most patients get between 5-to-8 adjustments (adding or removing fluid).
Once you reach your goal weight, your adjustments usually become less frequent.
What IS a LAP-BAND® adjustment?
A LAP-BAND® adjustment is an in-office procedure where the amount of fluid in your band is adjusted to make it tighter or looser in order to make your new stomach opening the right size to help you gradually lose weight.
The ideal LAP-BAND® fill level varies from patient to patient. The key is that you should always be able to eat enough to get all the nutrients your body needs, all while still reducing the overall total amount you consume on a daily basis.
Your LAP-BAND® will start out empty or partially inflated. This gives your body time to get accustomed to your LAP-BAND® implant during the first few weeks.
Your first LAP-BAND® adjustment will usually take place around six weeks after surgery.
X-RAY ASSISTED LAP-BAND® ADJUSTMENTS
LAP-BAND® adjustments can also be performed under 'fluoroscopy' - commonly called, X-Rays.
The benefit of using an X-Ray during your LAP-BAND® adjustment is that our Doctors can view the change made by the adjustment in real-time, which means they can make a more accurate adjustment. A more accurate adjustment leads to more effective weight loss.
Under fluoroscopy, the port can also be seen, allowing easier access to it than relying on touch.
While performing the adjustment under X-Ray, our Doctors can evaluate the LAP-BAND®, stomach and esophagus to make sure nothing has changed internally since the day of the surgery. The fluoroscopy will allow our LAP-BAND® Specialists to spot any potential problems before they develop or have a chance to become complications.
There is a very good chance that your insurance will allow your future adjustments to be performed under X-Ray so please ask our Doctors and Patient Care Coordinators to learn more!
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