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Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding

Lap Band Surgery

The LAP-BAND® System and the REALIZE® Band are U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved adjustable gastric bands for use in weight reduction procedures. These simple, reversible, surgically implanted devices have safely helped severely obese adults successfully achieve and maintain long-term weight loss. The LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band are intended for severely obese adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more, or for adults with a BMI of a minimum of 35, plus at least one severe obesity-related health condition.

How Adjustable Gastric Banding Works

Unlike gastric bypass, lap band surgery does not involve stomach cutting, stapling or intestinal re-routing. Using laparoscopic surgical techniques, the device is placed around the top portion of the patient's stomach, creating a small pouch. By reducing stomach capacity, lap band surgery can help achieve long-term weight loss by creating an earlier feeling of satiety. Laparoscopic gastric banding is adjustable, which means that the inflatable band can be tightened or loosened to help the patient achieve a level of satiety while maintaining a healthy diet. It is also reversible and can be removed at any time.

Key Benefits of the LAP-BAND Surgery

There are many benefits to patients who have lap band surgery including:

  • A safer, less invasive procedure resulting in reduced pain
  • A shorter hospital stay and recovery period
  • Less risk of complications
  • Reduced risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Adjustability to help you attain and maintain a healthy satiety level and minimize risk for weight regain
  • Completely reversible as the device can be removed at any time

LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Band Reimbursement

The LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band are covered by most health plans and Medicare for those individuals with a BMI of 35 or more.

If you are interested in receiving additional information about lap band surgery, please attend one of our free weight loss seminars.

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