Success Stories

Ultimately, success isn’t measured by the number of pounds you lose. Success is really about what you gain: the ability to participate in activities, enjoy family and friends, and enhanced health and confidence.

Over 750,000 LAP-BAND® procedures have been performed worldwide since 19941. Happily, there are many, many success stories. You can explore some of them here—from everyday people to weight loss surgeons who chose the LAP-BAND® System for themselves to achieve significant weight loss and discover healthier lives.2

the SUCCESS STORY of

George Fielding MD, FACS

"13 years ago, I was a big, sick man weighing 335 lbs. As a bariatric surgeon, I was working with many patients who would say to me, "But Doc, you're a bigger man than I am." So I decided to make a change. I have performed thousands of weight loss operations: band, bypass and sleeve. And I chose LAP-BAND® because I knew it would help me lose weight, change my behaviors, and keep the weight off for the long term. I have lost 120 lbs and I am healthier than ever!"

Watch Dr. Fielding's Story

Weight Lost:

120 lbs

Pre-op Comorbidities:

High blood pressure, sleep apnea, on 11 different medications

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Adam Smith MD, FACOS, FASMBS

"Here I was performing this surgery on my patients, and counseling them on weight loss, and I myself was carrying around a lot of extra weight and had a lot of associated health issues. So I made the choice to have LAP-BAND® myself, and now that I've lost weight, I am healthier at 52 than I was at 42. I bicycle, I water ski, I wakeboard. And I still enjoy good food and good company, but I don't need a huge, heaping pile of food to make me happy anymore!"

Watch Dr. Smith's Story

Weight lost

100 lbs

Pre-op
comorbidities

Sleep apnea, high cholesterol, borderline high blood pressure, borderline high blood sugar

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Jeffery Allen MD, FACS

"The reason I chose LAP-BAND® for myself was mainly that it's a very safe procedure. I'd seen the success in my patients and felt confident that I would be able to meet my own goals with the help of the procedure. What really worked for me is that once I had the LAP-BAND® surgery, I didn't wake up hungry every morning thinking about what every meal that day was going to be, and I never felt like I was on a diet. I just eat smaller quantities now."

Watch Dr. Allen's Story

Weight lost

100 lbs

Pre-op
comorbidities

None

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

John DeBarros MD, FACS, FASMBS

"I have an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old, and before I lost weight with LAP-BAND®, I could not even walk down the street with them without having pain. Now, I coach their soccer team and can play basketball and baseball with them. I chose LAP-BAND® for myself because I was personally comfortable with it, and now patients see how well I am doing with LAP-BAND®, and it helps them get excited about it for themselves."

Watch Dr. DeBarros' Story

Weight lost

100+ lbs

Pre-op
comorbidities

Hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high triglycerides

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Dr. Frank Scafuri

"I have struggled with obesity since childhood. As a primary care physician, I was having a hard time telling patients to lose weight when I myself had a weight issue. After years of yo-yo dieting, and losing weight only to gain more weight back, I had LAP-BAND® surgery. I lost 135 pounds within 2 years of having surgery, and after seeing my success, my younger sister, a nurse practitioner, decided to have LAP-BAND® surgery as well. Our younger brother, our mother, and my wife have all followed suit. We come from a large Italian family, and eating big meals is part of our culture. Now that several of us have had LAP-BAND® surgery, we support each other and keep each other motivated. We are still eating partners, but we eat a lot less now."

Age

39

Weight lost

135 lbs since July 2010

Current weight

225 lbs

Pre-op
comorbidities

high blood pressure, diabetes

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Brooke

"I was tired of living life at 292 lbs. I had temporary success with other weight-loss methods, but none of them worked long-term. I have a little boy, and I did not want to embarrass him one day by being the "fat mom." There were health risks involved with my weight, too, that scared me. I wanted to be around to enjoy him growing up, to see him graduate and get married. I wanted to be healthy, and I wanted the woman on the outside to match the one on the inside. As a nurse, I researched as much as I could on weight loss surgery. I have lost 160 lbs since my surgery, I'm healthy, happy, and loving my life. And I have to admit... I really love the way I look, too!"

Weight lost

160 lbs

Pre-op

292 lbs

Current weight

132 lbs

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Tammy

"When I was 34 years old, my endocrinologist told me I needed to lose 100 pounds or I wouldn't see age 64. This advice, combined with a constant feeling of being invisible around skinny people, led me to the decision to have LAP-BAND® surgery. I had several friends who had had bypass surgery, so I considered that too, but they didn't have the ability to get an adjustment when they started struggling with their weight. With LAP-BAND®, I am able to lose weight at my own pace, and I have kept off the weight for 7 years. I am able to do things I could not do before losing the weight, such as biking 40 miles. But the best part of the weight loss is no longer feeling invisible. I started dating a lot and am now in a relationship, I was noticed more for my accomplishments at work, and I am more confident than I have ever been!"

Age

41

Weight lost

104 lbs

Pre-op

287 lbs

Current weight

183 lbs

Pre-op
comorbidities

diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Jodi

"I think that life is hard enough without the added pressure of being obese. Two years and 115 lbs ago, I'd reached my breaking point. My goal was to achieve a healthier lifestyle and gain long-term control of my weight. Since I work in the medical field, I was very thorough in researching my options. The LAP-BAND® System was an easy choice for me, because it was a minimally invasive weight loss procedure with minimal recovery time. My surgery was on a Friday—I went home the next day and was back to work Monday morning! I've maintained my goal weight for over 2 years and my life has changed in so many positive ways. Thanks to the weight loss I achieved with the LAP-BAND®, I can keep up with my children and I no longer have to worry about my weight. I feel more energetic, younger, and much happier. I exercise, go boating, skiing, snorkeling, and do many things I could never have dreamt of doing before I lost weight with the LAP-BAND®. And, I can even wear a bikini!"

Weight lost

115 lbs

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Jineane

"I had been "a little overweight" since I was a young girl. As a former Miss USA winner and a TV news anchor, I have been in the public eye for a long time, which makes me extra sensitive to my weight. One day when I was a size 14 TV personality I looked over at my size 2 co-host, and finally decided it was time to stop yo-yo dieting and get serious about weight loss. I learned about LAP-BAND® after interviewing a bariatric surgeon about it on our show, and decided that this was the route I wanted to take. I lost the 50 pounds I had been battling since I had my two children and I have kept it off for six years. Compared to work required by constant dieting, I found LAP-BAND® to be a less stressful way to get healthy and down to a weight that makes me feel comfortable and confident on the air and in my personal life."

Weight lost

50 lbs

Went from size

14 to size 8

Pre-op
comorbidities

High blood pressure

Results may vary.

the SUCCESS STORY of

Dan

"Growing up, my activities kept me in shape and my weight down. When I got out of school, I got out of sports, other priorities took over my life, and the weight piled on. I tried all the fad diets, most with little or no success. Finally, I learned about the LAP-BAND® System. LAP-BAND® isn't a diet, but a tool that can be adjusted to help me stay on track with my weight loss. I've hit my goal and am down 170 lbs! The LAP-BAND® is still there to help me maintain my weight loss for the rest of my life. As a bonus, all the sports and family activities I had missed out on for over 20 years are back within my reach and there is nothing I can't experience with my children. Weight loss with the LAP-BAND® has given me my life back. It had been so long, I had almost forgotten."

Weight lost

170 lbs

Results may vary.