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Dispelling myths: No one wants the Lap-Band®

December 26, 2019

There are many misconceptions about the Lap-Band® System. One myth is that no one is undergoing the Lap-Band Procedure any longer. Statistics and success stories show that this simply isn’t true.

The Lap-Band is an effective system for many people. It doesn’t involve ineffective tactics like diet pills or fad diets, and patients don’t have to undergo invasive surgery. The Lap-Band Procedure is performed laparoscopically, so there is minimal time spent in the hospital recovering. The procedure is also non-anatomy altering and reversible, contrary to most other bariatric surgeries. The Lap-Band is also adjustable, making it an effective option for many people looking to meet their weight-loss goals. The procedure allows for people to get back to their lives quickly and start their weight-loss journey.

There is a perception that patients aren’t requesting the Lap-Band Procedure. While the Lap-Band appears to have lost popularity, it is most likely due to reduced advertising and increased promotions for alternative procedures or fad diets. Other myths have also been spread about the Lap-Band saying that it is ineffective or that bands have high erosion rates—neither of which is true. Surgeons have continued to train on the procedure throughout the years, improving both the band and the aftercare process for patients. Surgeons are continuously modifying their aftercare protocol, increasing the frequency of patient follow-up. As best practice learned experiences have come about from other successful band programs, adjustment techniques have also been refined, allowing for patients to consume smaller volumes more often.

After receiving the Lap-Band Procedure, countless patients have reported tremendous results. The Lap-Band has allowed them to completely transform their lives, finding happiness and no longer facing the daily issues caused by excess weight. Individual patients’ experiences and results may differ, but if you are considering weight-loss surgery, it is worth talking to a specialist.


  • Haskins, Owen, ed. Dispelling LAP-BAND Myths (2019). Bariatric News. (42), 19.

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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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