Lap Band Adjustment
Safe, effective weight loss at your pace.
An adjustment is a procedure performed by your surgeon, normally under x-ray, to alter the amount of fluid in your band. This will make your band looser or tighter to meet your individual needs. It is important for you to listen to your lap band and work with your doctor to find the right degree of restriction that allows you to feel full and comfortable to ensure you lose weight at a healthy, gradual pace.
Your first adjustment will usually take place about 6 weeks after surgery. The actual adjustment is a simple process:
1. Your surgeon will locate the access port underneath the skin of your abdomen either by x-ray or feeling for it.
2. A local anesthetic is given at the port site for your comfort.
3. A fine needle is inserted into the access port.
4. Sterile saline fluid is then added to the band.
Most patients will need between 4 and 6 adjustments during the first year. Once you reach your goal weight, the adjustments become less frequent.