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Finding success with Lap-Band®: Michelle’s story

April 24, 2020

Countless individuals have found success with the Lap-Band® Program. The procedure is performed laparoscopically, and there is no rerouting of the stomach or intestines, so patients are able to recover quickly and start their health journeys. The procedure is adjustable, which makes it a great option for many people who need to lose a significant amount of weight. Along with the procedure, aftercare programs that offer counseling, coaching, education, and support are proven to help achieve the best long-term weight-loss results. Just take it from Michelle, who lost 162 pounds with the Lap-Band System. 

Making the change

Michelle knew she needed to make a health change when she lost her husband to esophageal cancer. The numbers on the scale were climbing, and she feared for her life. She had two young children at the time, and she knew they couldn’t lose another parent. “It’s life or death for me,” she says. “I really believed it was, because I didn’t have a life before Lap-Band.”

Choosing the right option

There are several bariatric procedures to choose from. However, unlike other options, Lap-Band is both reversible and non-anatomy altering. “I chose Lap-Band because I didn’t want any of my organs detached and reattached,” she says. The Lap-Band is also adjustable, which has allowed Michelle to maintain her weight loss for six years.

Living a better life

With significant weight loss comes big life changes, and Michelle is no stranger to that. Many individuals notice improvement in comorbid conditions once they lose weight with Lap-Band. They are able to enjoy their life again; their energy levels improve, they feel good about their body, and they are able to participate in activities they couldn’t for many years. Michelle knew it was a big deal when she realized she could sit comfortably in a chair again, fit in a restaurant booth, and ride on a rollercoaster.

Taking the leap

Taking the first step is perhaps the most difficult one. “I know there are people out there that feel exactly the same way I did,” she says. You may feel like there is nothing that can help you or that you can’t make the change. “Yes, you can,” says Michelle. “If I can do it, you can do it.”

If you are in the Louisville, Kentucky area, visit to meet with Michelle’s surgeons who offer the full Lap-Band Program with state-of-the-art aftercare.

*Results and patient’s experiences may vary. 

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

Talk to your doctor, and/or visit our website at for more information on its benefits and risks.