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Renewing your health

May 1, 2020

Most people agree that losing a substantial amount of weight is more like a marathon than a sprint. Though all surgical procedures will help you lose weight during the first year, keeping the weight off over the long-term can be very challenging. Lap-Band® is not just a tool for weight loss; it is a tool that will help you reprioritize your health. The Lap-Band Program helps you take control over your weight, because only the Lap-Band can be tightened or loosened as your body or your physical needs change over time, helping to provide sustainable weight loss over the long-term. When you decide to undergo the Lap-Band Procedure, you make a commitment to improve your health. Not only can the Lap-Band help you lose weight, it can help you renew your health goals and improve comorbid conditions. 

Diet changes 

The Lap-Band gives you control over your body, because it is the least invasive and safest weight-loss surgery available, with the lowest complication and mortality rates. Unlike other, more drastic weight-loss surgeries, the Lap-Band procedure does not cut out the majority of your stomach or reroute your intestines. It has the lowest risk for vitamin or mineral deficiencies. The procedure is typically performed in less than an hour, and you can usually return home the same day with a short recovery time. If for any reason your Lap-Band needs to be removed, it is easily reversible.  

The Lap-Band features an adjustable gastric band that’s placed around your upper stomach to help limit your food intake and promote your feeling of fullness. With regular adjustments that help you continue losing weight, the Lap-Band is a long-term tool that gives you more power over your hunger and more control over your weight loss than ever before. Patients are not as hungry food as they were before the procedure. In order to get the necessary nutrients needed to maintain a healthy diet, patients need to focus on consuming healthy, high-quality foods. Filling up on fattening, sugary, calorie-laden foods may lead to weight-loss plateaus or even weight gain. Dedicating yourself to eating healthy, nutritious food that makes your body and your band happy will help you reach your life-long health goals. 


With the weight loss that comes with the Lap-Band Program, you may find yourself being able to exercise and move your body in ways that you were previously unable. Patients who reported being tired from normal, everyday activities found themselves with much higher energy levels following the Lap-Band Procedure. They no longer feel tired walking up the stairs or playing with their kids. Patients move from performing adaptive exercises to completely revamping their workout routines and pushing themselves farther physically than they ever thought they could. A regular exercise regimen is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Improved comorbidities 

The Lap-Band Program can lead to weight loss that can improve serious weight-related medical conditions, from diabetes and asthma to high blood pressure. The Lap-Band can help you take charge of your life and your health conditions. Studies also show that obesity can lead to increased risk for diseases like cancer and heart disease. Controlling your weight can help lower your risk. 

When you say yes to Lap-Band, you say yes to a life-long commitment to your health. 

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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. 

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