What is the LAP-BAND System? How does it work?

The LAP-BAND System is an adjustable gastric band designed to help you lose excess body weight, improve weight-related health conditions, and enhance quality of life.

How does it work?

The LAP-BAND System is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface.  This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food, so the food storage area in the stomach is reduced.  The band also controls the stoma (stomach outlet) between the new upper pouch and the lower part of the stomach.  When the stoma is smaller, you feel full faster, while the food moves more slowly between your upper and lower stomach as it is digested.  As a result, you eat less and lose weight.

How is the LAP-BAND System different from gastric bypass surgery?

Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the LAP-BAND System procedure does not require stomach cutting and stapling or gastrointestinal rerouting to bypass normal digestion.