Laparoscopic banding is the only procedure available in the U. S. that is adjustable and completely reversible.
By reducing the capacity of the stomach, the LAP-BAND®/REALIZE™ Band restricts the amount of food that can be consumed.
Since there is no cutting, stapling or intestinal rerouting involved, this surgery is considered the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to surgery generally means less post-operative pain and quicker recovery. Like a wrist-watch, the Lap-Band is fastened around the stomach. As a result, you experience an earlier sensation of "fullness" and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food.
Because the LAP-BAND®/REALIZE™ Band is adjustable, it can work with your individual needs. For example, pregnant patients can have fluid removed from their band to allow for adequate nutrition, and patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.
LAP-BAND®/REALIZE™ Band Surgery Facts:
- Technically lower risk
- On average 36%-40% excess weight loss at one year
- Average of 60%-65% excess weight loss at 3-5 years