Lap-Band and REALIZE Band

The LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® adjustable gastric bands can be implanted around a patient’s stomach, creating a small stomach pouch. The band is surgically placed through a small incision and fitted around the upper stomach. It is then inflated using saline and can be tightened or loosened, as necessary. This creates a small pouch, limiting food intake and creating an earlier sense of fullness. As a result, patients will be encouraged to progressively eat less, thus accelerating weight loss.

This procedure is considered to be much less invasive than gastric bypass surgery. It also can be performed laparoscopically.

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