Information about the LAP-BAND System

Minimally Invasive Approach
During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long instruments), to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, small stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.

Unlike gastric bypass, there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the LAP-BAND System procedure. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery.  If for any reason the LAP-BAND System needs to be removed, it can be done, in some cases laparoscopically. Surgeons report that the stomach generally returns to its original shape after the removal of the LAP-BAND System.

Adjustable Treatment
The LAP-BAND System is also adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate. Your individual needs can change as you lose weight. For example, pregnant patients can expand their LAP-BAND System to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their LAP-BAND System tightened.

To modify the size of the LAP-BAND System, its inner surface can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution. The LAP-BAND System is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed well below the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin.

The LAP-BAND System Advantage

Minimal Trauma

  • Minimally invasive approach
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel, and no intestinal re-routing
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring
  • Reduced patient pain, length of hospital stay and recovery period

Fewer Risks and Side Effects

  • 10 times less operative and short-term mortality than gastric bypass1
  • Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass
  • Reduced risk of hair loss
  • No "dumping syndrome" related to dietary intake restrictions


  • Allows individualized degree of restriction for ideal, long-term weight loss rate
  • Adjustments performed without additional surgery
  • Supports pregnancy by allowing stomach outlet size to be opened for increased nutritional needs


  • Removable at any time
  • Stomach and other anatomy are generally restored to their original forms and functions

Effective Long-Term Weight Loss

  • More than 300,000 LAP-BAND System devices sold worldwide
  • Standard of care for hundreds of practices around the world
  • #1 selling adjustable gastric band for weight loss
  • Academic publications with up to 10 years of follow-up