• More than 4500 Bariatric Cases including;
    More than 1550 Sleeves, 1500 Bypass Surgeries,
    600 Robotic-Assisted Bypass Surgeries.
  • Dr. Arif Ahmad Has Been Awarded the
    "Patients' Choice Award" and "Compassionate
    Doctor Award" by Vitals for Five Consecutive
  • Dr. Ahmad rated one of America’s top
    surgeons by the
    Consumer Research Council
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  • Recognized as a "Center of Excellence
    in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery"
    Awarded by the Surgical Review
    Corporation continuously since 2007
  • The Most Experienced Fellowship-Trained
    Bariatric Surgeon on Long Island
  • Largest number of Sleeves and Bypasses
    in Suffolk County. Largest number of
    Bariatric Surgeries in Long Island in
  • Welcome to one of the top Bariatric
    practices on Long Island
  • Over 10,000 surgical and endoscopic
    procedures performed
  • Impeccable track record with
    over 30 years of experience
  • One of the Top Records for long term
    weight loss with high quality care and
    compassionate staff
  • “Dr. Ahmad routinely utilizes the daVinci
    Surgical System, the most advanced
    surgical platform in the world, to perform
    minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery”
  • Listen to how Richard got his life back
    & how Dr. Ahmad changes lives...
  • Dr. Ahmad was one of the first surgeons in
    Suffolk County to perform the
    gastric bypass laparoscopically
  • On the cutting edge of the newest
    procedures in weight loss surgery.
  • Newsweek acknowledges
    Dr. Ahmad as a leader in
    Bariatric Surgery
  • Ask about the single incision Laparoscopic
    (virtually scarless) option for bypass,
    bands and sleeves
  • Dr. Ahmad has performed over 400
    Robotic Assisted Gastric Bypasses
    utilizing the daVinci Surgical System
  • ORBERA Intragastric Balloon, a non-surgical
    approach at weight loss.

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Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 PM
Mather Hospital
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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding


*  Your weight loss results may vary. All surgeries present risks.

Lap-Band® is an adjustable gastric banding system used to facilitate gradual weight loss in morbidly obese patients. This procedure involves the placement of a hollow doughnut-shaped tube around the upper part of the stomach, which is then filled with saline (salt water) to restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold. The name of the procedure signifies the laparoscopic techniques and gastric band used in this minimally invasive surgery.

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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band – Dr. Arif Ahmad

The Realize Band

The Lapband works in two ways: it reduces the size of the stomach to hold less food, and it limits the amount of food that can enter the stomach. This means you feel full faster, so you eat less and lose weight. This system is the only weight loss surgery approved by the FDA and the only adjustable and reversible procedure for long-term weight loss available in the U.S. Lap-Banding is generally considered to be the safest, least invasive, and least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries.

Patients who undergo Lap-Band surgery typically lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week * , and lose up to 50 percent of their excess weight within the first year of surgery*. It is important to maintain a healthy life after surgery in order to maximize and fully enjoy the results of the procedure. This includes a diet that is low in fat and calories, as well as regular daily exercise.

Candidates for the Gastric Band ( Lapband / REALIZE band ) Procedure

Lap-Band is designed to help morbidly obese patients gradually lose weight and control the results by restricting the size of the stomach and adhering to a healthy life. While many overweight patients can benefit from Lap-Band, there are certain guidelines to help determine who is a good candidate for this procedure. The Lap-Band procedure is most effective for patients who:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a BMI of 40 or higher or are at least 100 pounds overweight
  • Have been overweight for at least five years
  • Are committed to losing weight and making the necessary life changes

The Lap-Band system is not recommended for people who have disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (such as ulcers, esophagitis or Crohn’s disease), heart or lung disease, or are pregnant.

If you are considering weight loss surgery, you can discuss your options with Dr. Ahmad to find out if you can benefit from this safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure.

Benefits of the Lapband Procedure


The Lap-Band can be tightened or loosened over time to let more or less food pass through and to regulate each patient’s rate of weight loss. As part of the Lap-Band surgery, an access port is placed under the skin in the abdomen. Saline can then be injected into or removed from the Lap-Band through the access port at any time in order to prevent or allow food to pass through. Adjustments can also be made to accommodate pregnancy or illness. Thus patients can optimize their weight loss over a period of months or years with no additional surgery, as well as control their weight and maintain long-lasting results.


Although it is intended to be a permanent weight loss solution, the Lap-Band can be removed, as it does not involve any serious alterations to intestinal organs. Removal can often be performed using the same laparoscopic techniques used to place the band. The stomach usually regains its previous shape and function afterwards. Patients who wish to remove the Lap-Band should be aware that they may regain some or all of the weight they have lost.

Minimal Trauma and Fewer Risks

The Lap-Band procedure involves no stomach cutting or stapling and no gastrointestinal rerouting, as opposed to gastric bypass surgeries such as the Roux-en-Y technique. This significantly lowers the mortality risk during surgery. Lap-Band patients also experience little to no risk of the nutritional deficiencies, hair loss or “dumping syndrome” associated with other weight loss surgeries. In fact, the Lap-Band procedure has the lowest complication and mortality rate of any weight loss surgery.

Minimally Invasive

Because the Lapband procedure is minimally invasive, patients generally have:

  • Smaller incisions and scars
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Less post-operative pain

The Lapband procedure can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can return to work and other regular activities within a week.

Talk to your doctor today to find out if you qualify for the Gastric Band procedure. You can also visit the REALIZE band website to learn more. www.Realize.com


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