Adjustable Gastric Band

For patients suffering from severe obesity, one option for help is the LAP-BAND® brand adjustable gastric band, an adjustable, restrictive surgical procedure. A LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric band is an effective way to lose weight gradually and keep it off long-term.

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The Procedure

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A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch and narrow passage into the larger remaining portion of the stomach.

With the creation of a smaller stomach pouch, eating a small amount of food will satisfy hunger and promote the feeling of fullness — helping you lose weight. Feeling fuller, patients consume fewer calories.

The feeling of fullness depends upon the size of the opening between the pouch and the remainder of the stomach created by the gastric band.

The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline, which is injected through a port placed under the skin.Reducing the size of the opening is done gradually over time with repeated adjustments or “fills.”




  • A 2013 study showed that patients with LAP-BAND® achieved an average of 65% excess weight lost at one year.
  • On average, patients kept off 60% of their excess body weight after five years of having the LAP-BAND®. Most tend to lose about 6 inches off their waistline and hips.
  • Weight loss following the LAP-BAND® procedure has been shown to improve or resolve serious weight-related medical conditions, or resolve serious weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes and asthma.

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  • Reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold
  • Induces excess weight loss of approximately 40 – 50 percent
  • Involves no cutting of the stomach or rerouting of the intestines
  • Requires a brief hospital stay, usually less than 24 hours, with some centers discharging the patient the same day as surgery
  • Is reversible and adjustable
  • Has the lowest risk for vitamin/mineral deficiencies


  • Slower and less early weight loss than other surgical procedures
  • Greater percentage of patients failing to lose at least 50 percent of excess body weight compared to the other surgeries commonly performed
  • Requires a foreign device to remain in the body
  • Can result in possible band slippage or band erosion into the stomach in a small percentage of patients
  • Can have mechanical problems with the band, tube or port in a small percentage of patients
  • Can result in dilation of the esophagus if the patient overeats
  • Requires strict adherence to the postoperative diet and to postoperative follow-up visits
  • Highest rate of re-operation

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