Compare the LAP-BAND® System To Other

Gastric Banding Was Shown To Be Safer Than Sleeve Gastrectomy

Data from the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database™5* showed that sleeve gastrectomy had a 3x greater rate of total complications in the first year when compared to gastric banding.

Read below for more reasons why you should ask for the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System by name.


  • Performed laparoscopically, a saline-filled band is placed around the top of the stomach. There is no stomach amputation or cutting of your intestines during this procedure.2
  • Designed for long-term use. Can be removed and reversed if desired.2
  • Can be adjusted over time to fit the needs of the patient.2
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LAP-BAND® procedure
Watch surgical footage of a
LAP-BAND® System procedure

Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Performed laparoscopically, more than 80% of the stomach is amputated to create a sleeve.3,4
  • A more radical procedure than a gastric band that is permanent and irreversible.4
  • Cannot be adjusted.4
Watch an animation of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure
Watch surgical footage of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure

Gastric Bypass

  • Performed either open or laparoscopically, the stomach is cut and the intestines rerouted to bypass significant digestion.2
  • Extremely difficult to reverse.2
  • Cannot be adjusted.2
Watch an animation of a gastric bypass procedure
Watch surgical footage of a gastric bypass procedure

Safety Overview

There are a number of databases that healthcare organizations and professionals use to monitor bariatric procedures after surgery. A recent review of data from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons databases1,5 showed the following:

  • Total Complications5
  • Reoperation Rate1
  • Hospital Stay After Procedure1
  • Illness After 30 Days1
    Laparoscopic Adjustable
    Gastric Banding (including
    the LAP-BAND® System)
  • 6%
  • 1%
  • Less than 1 day
  • 1%
    Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • 18%
  • 3%
  • Approximately 3 days
  • 6%
    Gastric Bypass
  • 24%
  • 5%
  • Approximately 3 days
  • 6%

*The Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database™ (BOLD™) was developed to help ensure ongoing compliance with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program and develop general knowledge about optimal bariatric surgery practices. This analysis of the BOLD™ database includes data from 57,918 patients.

The American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS-BSCN) database was developed as part of the ACS-BSCN accreditation program. This analysis of the ACS database includes data from 28,616 patients.


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