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Millions of Americans are struggling with severe obesity and suffering from related health conditions, if you or someone you love is fighting with unwanted weight gain perhaps the Lap-Band System can help!

The decision to have weight loss surgery is not one to be taken lightly. The goal of this website is to provide you the information like Videos, Online Seminars, Surgeon finder, Articles and much more that can help you become an informed patient and ultimately allow you and your doctor to decide whether a weight loss procedure featuring the Lap-Band® system is right for you.

According to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Weight-loss surgery is a well-established method of long-term weight control for overweight adults. Compared to non-surgical treatments, weight-loss surgery yields the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients who have failed other methods. |read more...

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Animated video of the placement of the Lap-Band® Device around the top of the stomach

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Animated video showing how the Lap-Band® is adjusted and how it functions

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Info about the Lap-Band® System

The LAP-BAND® System received FDA approval in June of 2001. It was invented by an American and a Swedish surgeon. The band is placed in the body by laparoscopic surgery and is then adjusted over time by adding or removing saline solution which is injected into a port just under the skin. This tightening slows the progress of food through the stomach and forces the patient to eat less food, thus causing a loss in weight over time.

  • Number of Lap-Band® surgeries worldwide as of October 2008:
  • Over 350,000

  • The Lap-Band® system is preferred because it is:
  • Minimally Invasive

    Much Safer than Gastric Bypass

    Requires no intestinal rerouting

    And it is reversible

  • Reasons the LAP-BAND® system is preferred over Gastric Bypass:
  • Can be done on an outpatient basis

    Does not result in potential malnutrition

    Is just as effective as Gastric Bypass over a 3 year period

  • Weight you can expect to lose with the LAP BAND® System:
  • 8 to 10 pounds per month

    35 - 50% of your excess weight during the first year

  • Time to complete the Lap-Band® Surgery:
  • Approximately one hour

  • Who is the average Lap-Band® System Patient?:
  • Females age 37-45

    Males age 35-50

    Needing to lose between 75 and 100 pounds