Surgical Weight Loss
The LAP-BAND® Procedure at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center
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Less invasive. Fewer risks. Faster recovery.
With no cutting or stapling of the stomach, the LAP-BAND® System is up to 10 times safer than more extensive weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve. As effective as these procedures are, the LAP-BAND® System offers fewer risks and a generally faster recovery time — so you can be back to your normal activity in usually about a week’s time.
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How it’s done: step by step
In most cases, the LAP-BAND® System is put into place during a laparoscopic procedure, using general anesthesia. The procedure is performed using long, thin instruments inserted through a few tiny incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm). Often done on an outpatient basis, the surgery itself typically takes about an hour.
Step One: Your surgeon implants the LAP-BAND® System around the upper part of your stomach, much like a belt.
Step Two: A tube is then connected from the LAP-BAND® System to a small access port, fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen.
Step Three: After the first four to six weeks, adjustments to the LAP-BAND® System are made through the access port. This is done as needed — more frequently in the first year — to maintain optimal weight loss, by adding or removing saline solution.
For even more information,you can download the following guidelines and lap band surgery counseling tools to review at your convenience.
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Meet the MARMC LAP-BAND weight loss team
Seated, left to right: Donna Lawson, Dr. Gregg Ginsburg
Back row, left to right: David Pinkley, Janis Zobrisky, Michele Rector
Mineral Area’s specially certified surgeon — providing LAP-BAND TOTAL CARE®
Gregg A. Ginsburg, M.D., FACS, is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and has been practicing in Missouri since 1996. He is a regular member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.
Surgeons who perform the LAP-BAND® System procedure have been trained and certified — meeting our rigid standards for qualification. These standards include:
- Demonstrated surgical and advanced laparoscopic skills.
- Completed an Allergan training course (mandatory by the FDA).
Additionally, Allergan offers another level of certification: LAP-BAND TOTAL CARE®.
Surgeons dedicated to furthering their knowledge, experience and patient follow-up care are offered the LAP-BAND TOTAL CARE® certification program. Surgeons certified with this distinction have completed training in the following areas:
- Patient education and relationship management
- Medical requirements and assessments
- Financial requirements and sources
- The LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric banding system surgery-related issues
- Food choices and lifestyle management
- Regular adjustments and checkups
- Unsatisfactory weight loss and complications
- Whole body image
This minimally invasive surgery offers the hope of safe, substantial and permanent weight loss, and is covered by most insurance plans.