Adjustable Silicone Gastric Banding
The LAP-BAND® System is a technology that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June 2001. No cutting, stapling or stomach rerouting is involved.
Here's how it works: The procedure uses a special adjustable band placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a pouch that can only hold and dispense a small amount of food at any one time.
Patients who have this procedure done feel full more quickly because there’s not much room in the stomach. You can expect to lose anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds per week the first year after surgery.
Click here to view a PDF illustration of the Lap-Band.