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

Onnig Lost 121 lbs.

“I can still eat whatever I want, but now I’m in control.”

Onnig's Lap-Band® Success Story

Lack of Energy

Weight loss is something that can seem very intimidating. Onnig struggled to maintain a healthy active lifestyle in his adult years, “I didn’t want to move, I j ust wanted to sit. I didn’t want to get up to go to work. When I came home from work, I just wanted to have my dinner, and sit.” This would be a common occurrence for him. The lack of motivation was something he could not ignore. “I have 3 kids, so nights and weekends I would rather sit at home instead of going out and be active with my family.” Onnig knew something needed to be done.

Taking control


Diets aren’t always helpful, Onnig says, “I was a huge diet soda person. I’m talking about 2 and a half liters a day.” Through his dieting, he found what did and did not work for him. This isn’t always as easy to figure out. “I tell anyone who has problems losing weight with liquid diets, or any other diet, that they work temporarily.” Onnig knew something else needed to happen if he wanted to gain his independence back.

The New Onnig

Onnig, came back a changed man, “After my procedure, I feel very healthy, I’ve lost a lot of weight, I’m very active. My kids and I wake up early in the morning, we take road trips, and we are never at home. We like to hang out outdoors, so I have a new outlook on life, and I’m really enjoying the new me.” He has no regrets and recommends anyone looking for a solution to try the Lap-Band Program!

Why He Chose Lap-Band

He had friends that had other forms of bariatric surgery, “With stomach stapling, I’ve noticed my friends that have done it gained their weight back, whereas, with the Lap-Band, you have more control.” Like other Lap-Band patients, the ability to control their weight is all they need to hear. “If you get the Lap-Band, that’s a tool that you have in your body to assist you in losing weight. I’m using that tool to help me lose weight and keep it off. I’m happy to say I am a Lap-Band patient.” A useful tool that is removable was the perfect solution for Onnig.

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 www.lapband.com/safety/ for more information on its benefits and risks.