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.
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.
There are many benefits to patients who have lap band surgery including:
The LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band are covered by most health plans and Medicare for those individuals with a BMI of 35 or more.
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