The Lap-Band® Blog

What to Expect from the Lap-Band® System


Are you hoping to transform your life? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything and just can’t lose the weight or keep it off? The Lap-Band® System is the tool you need to make that important life change. It’ll help you feel better both physically and emotionally, and help you gain confidence, self-esteem, and empowerment. 

The Lap-Band is a minimally-invasive, non-anatomy altering procedure which places a band around the upper portion of your stomach. The band creates a smaller stomach above it, and leaves the stomach below intact. The smaller stomach opening leaves you feeling fuller quicker and longer. Unlike other weight-loss procedures, there is no cutting and no rerouting of your intestines. The band reduces the amount of food you can eat in one sitting, allowing you to gradually lose weight and keep it off for the long-term. And because the procedure is completed laparoscopically with just a couple small incisions, you can begin your recovery immediately. Many patients go home the same day as their procedure.

Typically, the band is gradually adjusted, leading to gradual weight loss and ideal hunger control. The first adjustment is recommended at six or more weeks after the procedure. Your surgeon adjusts the band by adding or removing saline through the port under your skin, which is attached to the band. Because the band is adjustable and is reversible, it makes it a standout option in comparison to anatomy-altering weight-loss surgeries. You’ll learn to control your portion sizes and manage your weight with healthy behaviors, as the Lap-Band helps you throughout the journey.

On average, Lap-Band Patients lose between 40% and 50% of their weight after only one year. Weight loss can reduce the occurrence or severity of weight-related diseases, such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, and GERD. On top of that, the procedure is safer than other weight loss surgeries.

Of course, as with any weight loss procedure, there are some cons. The risks are small, but because a foreign device is in the body, there is risk of slippage or band erosion, as well as mechanical issues. If a patient with the Lap-Band significantly overeats time and time again, there is the risk in dilation of the esophagus. All of these risks lead to the potential to re-operate.* While there are slight disadvantages to the Lap-Band, the procedure offers lower risks than other weight-loss procedures, such as Gastric Bypass surgery.

To see if the Lap-Band procedure is right for you, call 1-800-LAPBAND.

*See Lap-Band DFU for full list of complications.


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