The Lap‑Band®
Weight-Loss Program

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Renata Lost 66 lbs.
Patients’ results and experience may vary.
Lap-Band Patient was provided remuneration.

Change Your Life With The Lap‑Band® Program

Take Control.

The Lap-Band helps you take control over your weight. Only the Lap-Band can be tightened or loosened as your body or your physical needs change over time. With Lap-Band, you can curb constant hunger, gain control over your weight, and sustain your weight loss for the long term.
The Lap-Band helps you take control of your weight. Only the Lap-Band can be tightened or loosened as your body or your physical needs change over time. The Lap-Band can help you curb constant hunger, gain control over your weight, and sustain your weight loss for the long term.

5 Reasons to Choose
the Lap‑Band Program

  • 1. Adjustable, Adaptable, and Safe

    A minimally invasive, reversible procedure places the band around your upper stomach to help limit your food intake and promote your feeling of fullness. When your needs change, the Lap-Band changes with you. Bariatric surgery alternatives are permanent, higher risk, and require partial “amputation” of the stomach.
  • 2. Eat the Foods You Love

    Unlike other bariatric surgeries that permanently change your anatomy and–consequently–fundamentally change what you can eat, the Lap-Band does not impact food choice and does not require expensive supplements. Typically, only a daily multi-vitamin is required. You can continue to eat the healthy foods you love while maintaining portion control.
  • 3. Significant, Consistent Results

    Lap-Band Patients with a lower BMI lose an average of 65% of their excess weight in the first year and 70% in the second year.1

    The Lap-Band System is the only FDA-approved laparoscopic weight-loss device approved for people with lower BMIs (30+).

  • 4. Life-Changing Transformations

    On average, patients kept off 60% of their excess body weight after 5 years of having the Lap-Band.2 Additional studies have shown similar results for up to 20 years.3
  • 5. Renewed Health

    Weight loss from the Lap-Band Program has been proven to resolve or improve serious obesity-related health conditions in many people, including Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Sleep Apnea, and GERD.4-7 Obesity is also highly correlated with cancer risk8, higher COVID-19 hospitalization rates, and worsened COVID-19 outcomes including higher rates of mortality.9

    Losing weight now can help lower your risk and the possibility of an avoidable hospitalization. Long-term benefits include improvements in and even the reversal of chronic conditions.73% of all Lap-Band Patients reported remission of their Type II Diabetes due to their weight loss after two years on the program.10

    Learn more about obesity and its why, how and what by watching our on-demand webinar with Dr. Rigas!

Body Mass Index (BMI)

The most widely used measurement for obesity. The BMI approximates body mass using a mathematical ratio of weight and height [(weight in kg ÷ height in meters2) or (weight in pounds ÷ height in inches2 x 703)].

A BMI of 30 or more is regarded by most health agencies as the threshold for obesity. A BMI of 40 or more generally qualifies as morbid obesity. However, note that BMI measurements in body-builders and athletes may not be accurate determinants of obesity because the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat.

Over 25-Year Track Record of Success

The Lap-Band is backed by over 25 years of clinical evidence with more than 1,000,000 bands placed around the world.11 Endorsed by leading surgeons and covered by most insurance companies, the Lap-Band is the only FDA approved laparoscopic weight-loss device commercially available in the United States.

Compare Bariatric Surgeries

Gastric Bypass

The Lap-Band Procedure

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Lap-Band

Safest and Reversible

During the Lap-Band Procedure, a Gastric Band is placed around your stomach in the course of a minimally invasive, outpatient laparoscopic surgery. The band limits the amount of food you can eat to help you feel full sooner and longer. The Lap-Band is both removable and adjustable—when your needs change, it changes. Even if you are considering other bariatric surgeries, start your journey with Lap-Band.

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The Lap-Band

Safest and Reversible

During the Lap-Band Procedure, a Gastric Band is placed around your stomach in the course of a minimally invasive, outpatient laparoscopic surgery. The band limits the amount of food you can eat to help you feel full sooner and longer. The Lap-Band is both removable and adjustable—when your needs change, it changes. Even if you are considering other bariatric surgeries, start your journey with Lap-Band.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Partial Stomach “Amputation”

Sleeve Gastrectomy removes 80% of the stomach12, and what’s left behind is roughly the size of a banana. This helps patients lose weight by limiting the capacity of their stomachs; however, this bariatric surgery is irreversible and involves cutting and stapling of the stomach.13 Patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy are at risk for malnutrition and require long-term supplements and vitamins to avoid possible deficiencies.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Partial Stomach “Amputation”

Sleeve Gastrectomy removes 80% of the stomach12, and what’s left behind is roughly the size of a banana. This helps patients lose weight by limiting the capacity of their stomachs; however, this bariatric surgery is irreversible and involves cutting and stapling of the stomach.13 Patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy are at risk for malnutrition and require long-term supplements and vitamins to avoid possible deficiencies.

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Gastric Bypass

Cuts and Re-routes Organs

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.14 Patients who undergo gastric bypass are at risk for malnutrition and require long-term supplements and vitamins to avoid possible deficiencies.

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Gastric Bypass

Cuts and Re-routes Organs

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.14 Patients who undergo gastric bypass are at risk for malnutrition and require long-term supplements and vitamins to avoid possible deficiencies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly will I lose weight?
Lap-Band Patients lose an average of 65% of their excess weight in the first year and 70% in the second year.1 The Lap-Band Program helps you control your feeling of fullness and how much you eat, giving you more power over your hunger and more control over your weight loss than ever before. When combined with comprehensive aftercare, counseling, and support, the Lap-Band Program puts you in the driver’s seat, often for the very first time.
Does Lap-Band work for patients like me?

The short answer is, yes. On average, patients kept off 60% of their excess body weight after 5 years of having the Lap-Band.2 It is important to remember that one-size doesn’t fit all. Lap-Band is adjustable and reversible. It has the lowest rate of early postoperative complications and mortality among the approved bariatric procedures. And Lap-Band has the lowest risk for vitamin/mineral deficiencies. 15

I heard that Lap-Band Systems are being removed. Is this true?

Previous Gastric Band procedures resulted in complications for a minority of patients. However, these complications were due to older placement techniques and poor band management. Since then, placement practices and follow-up procedures have been modified to address potential complications that impact effectiveness. As a result, Lap-Band is now one of the safest, least invasive, and most adaptable bariatric surgery options available. If your surgeon tells you that the Lap-Band is being removed, please feel free to refer them to our resources for healthcare professionals page for more information on the safety, effectiveness, and support for Lap-Band.

Why do people say the Lap-Band isn’t around anymore?
More than 1,000,000 people worldwide had the Lap-Band Procedure to help them lose weight and find their path to a healthy lifestyle. If you hear that Lap-Band isn’t around, it is likely because the person you are talking to simply isn’t aware of Lap-Band and the benefits of the Lap-Band Program. We are working hard to make sure weight-loss surgeons everywhere are up-to-date on the latest news about the Lap-Band Program, and that they have the resources they need to support patients looking for a non-invasive, safe, and effective bariatric surgery option.
What are the other benefits of Lap-Band?

Weight loss resulting from the Lap-Band Program has been shown to resolve or improve serious obesity-related health conditions in many people, including Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Sleep Apnea, and GERD.4-7 In fact, 73% of all Lap-Band Patients reported remission of their Type II Diabetes due to their weight loss after two years on the program.10

In addition to chronic conditions, obesity is highly correlated with cancer risk including uterine, gallbladder, kidney, liver, and colon cancers.8 Recent studies have pointed to the link between obesity and higher COVID-19 complications and risk of mortality.9 Lowering your weight now can help protect you from avoidable risk and a possible health emergency even in the short term.

How do I know that Lap-Band is the right bariatric surgery for me?

Most people looking for a long-term weight loss and maintenance solution qualify for the Lap-Band Program. In addition to being prepared to take the next step in your weight-loss journey, you will need to meet body mass index criteria, be over 18, and have a history of unsuccessful weight loss. See here for more information on specific qualifications.

How does Lap-Band help curb hunger?
Lap-Band improves portion control and encourages a well-balanced diet. The Lap-Band features an adjustable Gastric Band that is placed around the upper stomach to reduce its capacity, promoting a feeling of satiety and helping to limit the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. Your stomach will resemble an hour-glass shape that helps to limit the amount of food you can eat at one time and slows the movement of food out of your stomach.
How does Lap-Band help me maintain lasting weight loss?

The easiest way to lasting weight loss is to curb constant hunger. The Lap-Band System does this through its unique design. The Lap-Band Program is personalized for every person, with an adjustable Gastric Band that can be tightened and loosened as your body changes over time and a customized aftercare program designed to help you lose the weight and keep it off.

How is the Lap-Band adjusted?

The Lap-Band is adjusted by inserting a fine needle through a small access port located under the skin and injecting or removing saline solution, which tightens or loosens the Gastric Band. The Lap-Band should typically be adjusted an average of 5-6 times in the first year for the best long-term weight-loss results. Adjustments to the Lap-Band are made through a discreet and carefully placed access port that helps improve recovery and ensures comfortable adjustments. When your needs change or you have a major life event like pregnancy, the Lap-Band adjusts to you.

Why choose Lap-Band vs. other bariatric surgery options?

The Lap-Band helps you take control over your weight because only the Lap-Band can be tightened or loosened as your body and your life change over time, helping to provide sustainable weight loss over the long term. The system features an adjustable Gastric band that’s placed around your upper stomach to help limit your food intake and promote your feeling of fullness. With regular adjustments to help you continue losing weight, it’s a long-term tool that gives you more power over your hunger and more control over your weight. The Lap-Band gives you control over your body too, because it’s the safest, least invasive bariatric surgery available, with the lowest complication rate and shortest recovery time. The Lap-Band is the only FDA-approved laparoscopic weight-loss device commercially available in the U.S. The procedure has been performed more than 1 million times worldwide since 1993, and it’s backed by over 25 years of clinical evidence.11

What can I eat with my Lap-Band?

More drastic bariatric surgeries that result in partial “amputation” and permanent alterations to your body require you to limit the kinds of foods you eat. The Lap-Band Program, because of its design and adjustability, gives you the path to enjoying the foods you love through portion control and healthy eating habits. You learn to live life with food in moderation and with mindfulness. Other weight-loss surgeries permanently alter not only your body, but your life. The Lap-Band gives you control and puts you in the driver’s seat of your own weight-loss journey.

Do I need to take supplements with Lap-Band?

Because the Lap-Band does not impact nutrient absorption in the way that other gastric surgeries do, you avoid having to take costly supplements. Typically, only a daily multi-vitamin is required. You can continue to eat the foods you love while maintaining portion control.

What if I am thinking about becoming pregnant?

The Lap-Band System is the only weight-loss surgery option that is adjustable and can adapt to the changing nutritional requirements of pregnancy.16 All weight-loss surgeries are contraindicated for patients who currently are or may be pregnant. However, unlike other bariatric surgeries, women who become pregnant after receiving the Lap-Band deliver babies as healthy as the general population.16-19

What are the complications of Lap-Band®?

Even though the Lap-Band® procedure has the lowest complication and mortality rate versus other bariatric procedures and is the safest, least invasive weight-loss procedure available today, like all surgeries, the Lap-Band doesn’t come without the risk of complications. Some risks, such as band slippage and band erosion, are associated with a patient’s inability to tolerate a foreign object implanted within the body. Improvements in surgical technique, the band itself, and aftercare programs have mitigated band slippage and erosion issues and removal rates are as low as 1.6%1. Other Lap-Band complications, such as food trapping, may be caused by not chewing well or eating foods that are not appropriate to consume with the band.

Your Lap-Band Team will complete a thorough review of your medical history to ensure you are a safe candidate for the Lap-Band Procedure. But, as with any major surgery, there is an infection risk. By following your surgical team’s recommended aftercare program, which includes regular visits with your team, most Lap-Band Patients will heal successfully and not experience any band complications.  Since there is no cutting out the majority of your stomach,  stapling or re-routing of the organs, the procedure is typically performed in less than an hour, and you can usually return home the same day, with the shortest recovery time vs. other bariatric procedures.

Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

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.

The Lap-Band System is not recommended for non-adult patients (patients under 18 years of age), patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

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.

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. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, 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.

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