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Weighing your options.

There are countless weight loss options available to you. Doing your research and truly knowing which solutions are effective can be overwhelming and frustrating. Luckily, the LAP-BAND® has years of proven success and is a less invasive approach to weight loss than some alternatives.


Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a restrictive procedure that limits the capacity of your stomach and alters the way nutrients are absorbed. It not only reduces the size of your stomach, but it also reroutes your small intestines and digestive tract. Hundreds of staples are used in this procedure. 1

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The LAP-BAND®

The LAP-BAND® is placed around your stomach during a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure that is performed laparoscopically. The gastric band limits the amount of food you can eat at one time to help you feel full sooner and stay full longer. The LAP-BAND® is both removable and adjustable.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy removes a large portion of your stomach, and what’s left behind is roughly the size of a banana. This helps patients lose weight by limiting the capacity of their stomach. This surgery is irreversible, and involves cutting and stapling of the stomach. 2

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Comparing Your Weight Loss Options

Your health should always be top priority. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons conducted a review of information from their databases. The information indicated the following:

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Gastric Bypass
Total Complications4
6%
18%
24%
Reoperation Rate3
1%
3%
5%
Hospital Stay3
Less than 1
Approximately 3 days
Approximately 3 days
Illness After 30 Days3
1%
6%
6%

Both the Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass surgeries require a hospital stay of roughly three days, while the LAP-BAND® has an average hospital stay of less than one day.

Changing How You Digest Food

Rerouting the Digestive Tract

Gastric bypass is a bariatric surgery that essentially reroutes your organs and reduces the size of your stomach. During the surgery, surgeons will staple and divide your stomach into two parts. The first part is the top section, or the pouch, which is where the food you eat goes. It’s about the size of a walnut, and causes you to lose weight by eating less. A small part of your intestine is connected to the pouch so that your body absorbs fewer calories.5

Removing Parts of the Stomach

Partial Stomach Amputation

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery that amputates more than 80% of your stomach6. What’s left of the stomach is roughly the size of a banana. This helps patients to lose weight by limiting the capacity of their stomach. Patients feel full after eating small portions of food, ultimately helping them lose weight. This surgery involves cutting and stapling of the stomach, and is irreversible.7

Are you ready to start exploring your weight loss options?

There are countless weight loss options available to you. Completing thorough research and exploring your options is important for your success, safety, and overall health. Meeting with a LAP-BAND® specialist can help you explore all the benefits and find out if it’s the right weight loss solution for you.

GASTRIC BANDING

Helps Control Hunger

The LAP-BAND® procedure is a minimally-invasive, laparoscopic procedure. A few small incisions (1.5-2.5 cm each) are made on the abdomen, where your surgeon will use a tiny camera and long, thin medical instruments to operate and navigate. A gastric band is placed around the stomach to limit the amount of food that can be eaten at once. The LAP-BAND® can be adjusted or removed as needed. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so most patients can head home the same day for rest and recovery.5

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The TRUTH

Thousands of people worldwide have lost weight and kept it off with help from the LAP-BAND®. They experienced the benefits, and so can you.

  • Minimally-invasive
  • Improved health
  • Effective weight loss
  • Adjustable
  • Removable
  • Safe
TAMMY LOST 110 LBS.

"Be ready for change, and be willing to change"

The LAP-BAND® offered Tammy control over her weight loss. She lost weight at a pace that was safe and comfortable for her. In less than two years, Tammy lost 110 LBS. with help from the LAP-BAND®.

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Explore the Benefits

Learning about the weight loss options available to you can be overwhelming, and even frustrating. A LAP-BAND® specialist can explain how the gastric band works and resolve any questions or concerns you may have.


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Finding the Right Solution

It’s important that you find a weight loss solution that you are comfortable with and is safe for you. Your health is always a top priority. A LAP-BAND® specialist can determine if you are qualified for the LAP-BAND® weight loss program.


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Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

Important: For full safety information please click here, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 1-855-551-3123.

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References:

  1. Gastric Bypass Surgery | MedlinePlus [Online]. Available: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007199.htm. [Accessed: December 13, 2016].
  2. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy | MedlinePlus [Online]. Available: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007435.htm. [Accessed: December 13, 2016].
  3. Hutter Matthew, et al. First Report from the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network: Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy has Morbidity and Effectiveness Positioned Between the Band and the Bypass. September 2011.
  4. DeMaria Eric, Pate Virginia, Warthen Michael, Winegar Deborah. Baseline data from American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery-designated Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence using the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 6. 2010.
  5. The LAP-BAND® System Surgical Aid in the Treatment of Obesity – a decision guide for adults. Austin, TX: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc; 2014 GRF-00305-00R01.
  6. Weiner Rudolf, et al. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy- Influence of Sleeve Size and Resected Gastric Volume. Obesity Surgery. 2007.
  7. Needleman Bradley, Happel Lynn. Bariatric Surgery: Choosing the Optimal Procedure. Surgical Clinics of North America. 2008.