How the LAP-BAND® System Works

We understand. Any kind of weight loss surgery can be intimidating. You’re probably wondering what your recovery will be like. How long before you can get back to your life? And what exactly will you be doing to your body?

Fortunately, choosing the LAP-BAND® System can ease these worries. It’s truly minimally invasive, typically done as an outpatient procedure, and has a fast recovery time of about a week.2 It also involves no permanent alteration to your body. Unlike sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System involves no use of metal surgical staples, no amputation of any part of the stomach, nor any cutting of the intestines.1,2

Data from the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database showed that sleeve gastrectomy had a 3x greater rate of total complications in the first year4* when compared to gastric banding.

A Breakthrough in Lasting, Healthy Weight Loss

The LAP-BAND® System reduces your stomach's capacity, restricting the amount of food you are able to eat at one time.2 You also feel full faster and stay full longer. The revolutionary, yet simple technology is a less invasive bariatric option than either sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass3,4,5 to help you gradually lose weight and keep it off. So you can live a healthier life

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 your stomach using long, thin instruments. A small camera allows the surgeon to see inside your body as he or she performs the procedure.2 Unlike sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, which usually requires a stay of up to three days in the hospital, the LAP-BAND® System procedure is often done on an outpatient basis3 and the surgery itself typically takes less than an hour.2 When the procedure is performed in an inpatient setting, the hospital stay is generally less than one day.3 You can explore the LAP-BAND® System device below or view an animation of the LAP-BAND® System procedure.

Why it's Important to go to a LAP-BAND® Specialist

Not all weight loss centers are the same. It's important that you go to a LAP-BAND® System specialist for your surgery. Use the LAP-BAND® System specialist locator to find a qualified specialist near you.

*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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