Patient Journey

From beginning to end, the journey for our Long Island and Port Jefferson, NY patients undergoing bariatric care is full of changes. It will require persistence and discipline, but in the end it is all worth it. Feel free to learn more about the patient journey.

How Does Lap-Band Surgery Work?

During your Lap-Band surgery in New York or NJ, the band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that can hold only a small amount of food.

The narrowed opening between the stomach pouch and the rest of the stomach controls how quickly food passes from the pouch to the lower part of the stomach.

The system helps the patient eat less by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and increasing the time it takes for food to be digested.

Depending on the patient’s needs, the tightness of the band can be adjusted in size by inflating or deflating the hollow band. Inflating the band makes the opening smaller, causing food to pass more slowly. Deflating the band makes it wider, and causes food to pass more quickly. This adjustment is made by adding or removing fluid inside the hollow band. This is done in the office. The doctor does this by injecting or removing the fluid through a small button-like part called the access port. This access port is placed under the skin in a muscle in the chest wall. The port is connected to the band by the tubing. Learn about the adjustments of the band post-op below.

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Benefits of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

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What Is Sils?

When a surgeon uses the SILS technique, it means they make one small incision in the belly button. This results in a surgery that is virtually scarless. Single incision, Lap Band, and sleeve gastrectomy surgery generally involve less pain and little or no scarring. The actual operation is the same as it is during a typical laparoscopic band or sleeve gastrectomy. The difference is just in the number of incisions made. Since there is no need to cut through the stomach muscle, recovery time is shorter. SILS is different from a typical laparoscopic Lap Band or gastric sleeve because in those operations our New Jersey and NYC Lap-Band surgeons generally make about 5 small incisions. Although these operations are also considered minimally invasive and the scars are quite small, SILS gives an even more advanced option, which includes an often unnoticeable, single scar on the belly button.

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Single Port “New York Bariatric Group” Technique for Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy

Why Do We Offer Sils?

We offer SILS for our Lap-Band in New York City and New Jersey, because we believe a comprehensive weight loss surgery practice should provide patients with a wide range of choices for treating obesity. Thanks to the combination of our expertise, cutting-edge technology, and unparalleled skills, we have achieved successful SILS gastric band and gastric sleeve results time and time again, and we can deliver these same results to you.

Dr. Shawn Garber was one of the first surgeons in the US to use the Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery approach for Lap Band surgery. Seeing the level of success and patient satisfaction, he then adapted this technique for laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery as well. Our surgeons are at the forefront of this new technology. SILS minimally invasive gastric banding and gastric sleeve, offered by New York Bariatric Group, are amazingly innovative solutions for bariatric surgery.

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Advantages Of Lap-Band Surgery

Gastric banding is the most simple of the bariatric surgery options, and leads to the smallest number of complications. Our Manhattan LAP-BAND patients often return to work in just a week or two. Another advantage of this weight loss treatment is that the band is adjustable. This means that the surgeon can change the level of fluid in your band at a quick office visit. Adding fluid makes the band tighter, and removing fluid makes the band looser. Each patient is different, so as time goes on you will work with our team and can call the office any time your band feels too loose or too full.