Debbie's Lap-Band® Success Story - Lap-Band®
Debbie’s Story

Debbie Lost 84 lbs.

“Each week that I got on the scale and lost weight…you just can’t describe the joy that you have.”

Debbie’s ‘Take Control’ Moment

Debbie struggled with her weight. As a child, she would hear the humiliating comment “oh, she’d be so cute if she lost a little bit of weight.” She tried diets, but as Debbie explained, “the weight tends to come back and every time you step on the scale it goes up.” Understanding she needed a little assistance, she decided to talk to a Lap-Band® Surgeon. “It was time for me to do this for myself.”

Choosing Lap-Band

Debbie Before Before the Lap-Band® Program
Debbie After the Lap-Band® Program

The Lap-Band Program was an attractive option for three reasons. First, the surgery is performed laparoscopically. The incisions are small—1.5-2.5 cm each—which makes aftercare much easier. Second, Debbie was able to go home the same day because the procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery. And third, she was able to improve her overall health. Debbie no longer takes blood-pressure or blood-sugar medication.

Seeing Results 

Debbie lost 84 pounds in a year and a half with the Lap-Band Program, and she’s still going strong! She describes the Lap-Band Program as a blessing. And while any major change comes with some apprehension, Debbie’s advice is to “do it.” “I know that you’re scared, I was right there with you. But do it! I would tell you just to ‘do it.’” Even if you’re unsure like Debbie was, she encourages you to talk to a bariatric surgeon: “You will not regret your decision to have the Lap-Band Surgery.”

Are you ready to transform your life with Lap-Band Program too?

Speaking with a Lap-Band Surgeon can help you resolve any questions or concerns you might have. If you are wondering if the Lap-Band Program is right for you, find a local surgeon today. Your weight-loss journey is right around the corner.

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.