The silicone band is comprised of 360° OMNIFORM® technology, which is the soft precurved sections. When inflated, these individual sections maintain a concentric shape around the stomach.
The silicone tubing connects the band to the Access Port. The tubing is stable and well tolerated by a patient's body.
The Access Port is placed subcutaneously and allows the bariatric surgeon the ability to adjust the band to each patient's weight loss needs by adding or subtracting saline.
The LAP-BAND® System
The LAP-BAND® System can be a proven effective, safe, and well-established surgical option for obese patients whose weight is affecting their health that helps them to lose weight and maintain that weight loss over time.1
Data from the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database™, showed that sleeve gastrectomy had a 3 times greater rate of total complications in the first year2* when compared to gastric banding. Additionally, data from the American College of Surgeons database within the first 30 days showed3 a 3 times greater chance of readmission to the hospital, a 3 times greater chance of reoperation, and 3 times the length of hospital stay following the procedure.1
The LAP-BAND® System is minimally invasive, adjustable and reversible.4 It does not require internal organ amputation and rerouting in which hundreds of staples are left in the body, like sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass. And, because the stomach and intestines are not bypassed, there is less risk of vitamin or mineral deficiencies.4,5 The adjustable gastric band, which is placed around the upper part of the stomach, is a silicone ring comprised of soft, pre-curved individual sections, filled with saline to allow adjustability of the band and increased or decreased restriction. This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch and reduces the amount of food that the patient's stomach can hold.4
The LAP-BAND AP® Large System has the highest available fill volume (0-14 cc) for greater flexibility and more precise adjustments. The LAP-BAND® AP is available in 2 sizes and 3 ports for optimal fit:4
- AP Standard (APS)—considered the standard size
- AP Large (APL)—intended for the largest anatomical situations
- APS—0-10 cc
- Access Port I— Standard Profile (14.7 mm)
- RapidPort™ EZ (11.6 mm)
- Access Port II— Low Profile (11.9 mm)
- APL—0-14 cc
How it's done
The LAP-BAND® System procedure is performed laparoscopically. This means a few very small incisions are made in the abdomen (about 1.5-2.5 cm each). The surgeon places the band around the stomach using long, thin instruments. A small camera allows the surgeon to see inside the body as he or she performs the procedure.4
Unlike sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, which usually require a stay of up to 3 days in the hospital, the LAP-BAND® procedure is often done on an outpatient basis, and the surgery itself typically takes less than an hour.3 When the procedure is performed in an inpatient setting, the hospital stay is generally less than one day.4
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the LAP-BAND® Procedure
Watch surgical footage of
a LAP-BAND® procedure
Why it's important to go to a LAP-BAND® Specialist
Not all weight loss centers are the same. It's important that your patients go to a LAP-BAND® System Specialist for your LAP-BAND® surgery. Use the LAP-BAND® specialist locator to find a qualified specialist for your patient.
*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.