Dr. Popoola explains the bariatric procedures that are offered to patients at Surgilite Bariatric Management.
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There are several types of bariatric surgery, surgical procedures. However the Surgilite Bariatric Program performs the two procedures that are endorsed by the NIH which is the National Institute of Health and the two procedures at the LAP-BAND and the gastric bypass procedure. And these two procedures are done laproscopically which means with minimum invasive techniques. Now I like to demonstrate to you about the two procedures. The first one is the LAP-BAND, a band in the upper portion of the stomach, which as illustrated here. And what the band does is just to create a very small pouch above the original stomach and this is the pouch which is just about 15 to 30cc that holds food. So if you notice that it’s a very small pouch, and because of that reason, food is restricted. And the procedure works mainly by food restriction. Patients aren’t able to eat as much as they used to, I mean so doing, they lose weight. The procedure is very non-invasive in terms of -- the band is just placed in the upper portion of the stomach and is easily reversible. The band is connected to a pot that is planted under the surface of the skin through which adjustments can be made, I mean adjustments meaning this band can be deflated or inflated, depending on how the patients feel. If the patient feels that he can eat more than usual, the band can be easily inflated with -- with the tightness of this band and prevent this person to eat. On the other hand, if the patient feels he or she is unable to tolerate any food, ceiling can be withdrawn from the part, thereby deflating is blown and thereby creating more space so the patient can consume a food.