Quickly! The outpatient procedure, on average, takes less than an hour. Dr. McEwen and his team at Community Surgery Center Hamilton generally gets his patients back home and to their lives within 24 hours or less… Not as scary as one may think! The laparoscopically (really small incisions – averages of 1.5-2.5 cm each!) procedure uses a miniature camera that allows Dr. McEwen see where the adjustable gastric band will go. Using the thin tools, Dr. McEwen will section off a small portion of the upper part of the stomach with the band.
The band is connected to an access port using a durable thin silicone tube. The port serves as the control point to adjust band. Connected by a small tube, the port, placed just beneath the skin, customizes the fit of the band to fit dietary needs. The access port is comfortable, incredibly discrete, not visible and unnoticeable to average touch. Your surgeon, Dr. McEwen, will adjust your band by adding or removing volume to the “pillows” in the LAP-BAND® by injecting saline. These adjustments are quick and painless and will be based on your dietary plan and needs.
Because of its minimally invasive concept, recovery can be speedy. Depending on the nature of work, some patients have been back at their desks within a few days. Make sure to ask Dr. McEwen what will be your expected return to work date. Life post your LAP-BAND® surgery will include a monthly visit with Dr. McEwen and team. We will keep track of your progress and guide you, answer any questions you may have and make sure you’re successful.