Halifax Health will present a live online bariatric surgery on Monday, September 22 at 7 pm. Joel Sebastien, MD, FACS, a surgeon with East Coast Bariatrics, will perform a laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, better known as a Lap-Band® surgery, while Harry Black, MD, FACS, answers audience questions.
During a Lap-Band procedure, surgeons use small incisions and long-shafted instruments to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. The band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.