Ronalis' Lap-Band® Success Story - Lap-Band®
Ronalis's Story

Ronalis lost 137 lbs.

“I can finally be myself!

-Ronalis, lost 137 lbs.
Ronalis' Lap-Band® Success Story

Early Struggles

“Life before Lap-Band was a journey of its own, but it was a journey of not knowing who I was, it was chaotic, scary, lonely, and I felt isolated from the world.” Rona I is didn’t feel comfortable in his body. He was not confident in who he was and it took a toll on his health, “I was in a place where I had no idea what my life was at that moment and I just felt very sad because I was home alone a lot. I also felt very disconnected from my family!” His weight was becoming a larger problem, one that was affecting others around him.

Taking control

Ronalis Before the Lap-Band® Program
Ronalis' Lap-Band® Success Story
Visual Confidence

Ronalis decided enough was enough, “I think what gave me that sense of confidence from wanting to do this was when I saw a picture of what I could become if I continue down this path. There were things that I’ve done already, but the endless cycle of gaining and losing weight, going to the gym, getting a nutritionist, none of that was working for me.” It can be demoralizing being in that cycle. Rona I is was not ready for another cycle and seeing himself in the future was a scary picture in his mind, so he knew he had to do something. “The Lap-Band Program was something that I kind of felt connected to, my life is about to change, and I want this change to happen now.”

An Easy Decision

“What I love about the Lap-Band is that it’s reversible and adjustable, and I liked that better than having my stomach stapled, where it’s a permanent procedure.” The custom fit each patient has for the Lap-Band really stands out to our patients. There is no comparison to the noninvasive and quick procedure of the Lap-Band. “There’s a port attached to my stomach, so the doctor is able to go in and adjust it to tighten or loosen my band, quickly, if needed.” All it takes is a quick check-in with one of our many Lap-Band specialists.

The Lap-Band Support System

With the help of the Lap-Band Program, Ronalis has found a clear route toward lasting weight loss.”! definitely feel very supported in the process after surgery, especially with the doctors that I’ve had.” Apart from having to go for checkups, Ronalis says he liked going, “I actually wanted to go once a month to see how much weight I was losing. I would also meet with my nutritionist to figure out my diet, why I was eating more, and why I was eating less.” The aftercare provided to Lap-Band Patients helps them to stay on track and continue their journey.

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.