One of the chief benefits of REALIZE® Band and LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery is the fact that you can change the way the procedures work, at just about anytime, to suit your needs. The elastic bands that restrict your stomach to form a smaller stomach pouch (thereby giving you an earlier feeling of fullness) can be adjusted to allow for greater or lesser food intake. Dr. David D. Kim offers LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Band fills for patients in the Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas area who would like to lose weight even more effectively and feel full after eating less food.
LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band fills and adjustments are quick, virtually painless procedures. During the first six weeks after your initial weight loss surgery and the placement of the gastric band, the band itself is typically empty. This brief period of time allows the band to affix itself firmly to the stomach and for the area to heal properly. Some patients even reach their goal weight without ever having the band filled; however, most people will need at least one band fill during the course of their weight loss process.
Fills or adjustments are often performed when patients are eating more than one-third of their pre-surgery solid food intake and still feel hungry after meals. During the adjustment procedure, Dr. Kim will inject a saline solution into the band. This will allow the band to restrict the stomach chamber even more, making it smaller able to hold less food, which should give you an earlier feeling of fullness.
LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band fill procedures take only a few minutes to complete and are performed under x-ray. The procedure involves little to no pain and patients should not feel any discomfort afterward. After the band fill, Dr. Kim advises patients to only drink liquids for two days, and then move on to solid foods. Dr. Kim and his weight loss surgery team will give you detailed instructions for what you will need to do after the procedure. These instructions should be strictly adhered to in order to ensure the maximum safety and effectiveness of the band fill.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment for a LAP-BAND® or REALIZE® Band fill at our DFW-area practice, please contact the Live Life Again Center.