Lap Band

Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon & General Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Nazarian offers women and men in the Beverly Hills, CA, area the widest array of state-of-the-art weight-loss surgeries, including lap band surgeries using the safest and most advanced techniques for better results and a superior safety profile.


What is “lap band” surgery?

“Lap band” is a proprietary name for a product used in gastric banding surgery. When people talk about “lap band” surgery, they are generally referring to gastric banding, which is a surgical technique that uses a silicone band or belt placed around the stomach to control how much food the stomach can hold. The band is hollow, and by injecting fluid into the band or removing fluid, your doctor can control the size of your stomach as your weight-loss needs change over time.

What happens during the gastric banding procedure?

A minimally-invasive technique called laparoscopy is used to place the band. Laparoscopy uses a small incision to access the stomach and slip the band over the upper portion of the stomach. Forming a small pouch that is separated from the lower portion of the stomach. The band is also attached via a tube to a small port. The port is implanted under your skin, providing the injection point that is used to add or remove saline solution to control the size of your stomach.

Lap BandWhat are the benefits of gastric banding compared to other types of weight-loss surgeries?

One of the major advantages of the gastric banding procedure is how it is completely reversible. It does not involve permanent changes to any portion of your gastrointestinal tract. In the future, the band can be completely removed using a similar minimally-invasive approach. Plus, adjusting the band as your needs change over time is simple, involving injections directly into the special port. Finally, the procedure itself is less invasive and faster than many other types of weight-loss surgeries, and recovery following the procedure is also faster. Still, despite these advantages, it is not the best option for every patient. Before any weight-loss surgery, you will have a chance to review all your treatment options so you can select the option that suits your needs and objectives.