Frequently asked questions about the Lap-Band System

Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Lap-Band® System

Lap-Band® FAQs

What does the Lap-Band® System do?

The Lap-Band® Gastric Banding System is a surgically implantable device, approved by the U.S. FDA and is used for weight loss. As of the latter part of 2008 this simple, adjustable and surgically reversible device has been used in more than 350,000 weight loss surgical procedures worldwide. In June 2001 The Lap-Band® was approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration to be used for adults who were severely obese with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 40 or more and also approved for people with a Body Mass Index of at least 35 as long as they have one severe obesity-related health issue such as Type II diabetes, asthma or hypertension.

How do you know if you are eligible to receive the Lap-Band® System?

If you are 18 years old or older and you have a Body Mass Index of forty or more or you have a BMI of 35 or more with at least one severe obesity-related health issue such as Type II diabetes, asthma or hypertension then you are eligible for the Lap-Band® weight loss surgery.

How can I benefit from the Lap-Band® System?

Because The Lap-Band® System is considered less invasive and safer than the gastric bypass, procedure because there is no stapling, intestinal re-routing or stomach cutting. The Lap-Band® is reversible and adjustable and patients experience the lowest severe complication rate after surgery. The Lap-Band® has the lowest short-term mortality rate compared with gastric bypass the rate for the Lap-Band® System is 1/10th of that for the Gastric Bypass.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my doctor perform the Lap-Band® System procedure?

The Lap-Band®, which is an inflatable band, is placed around the stoma, which is the top portion of your stomach via laparoscopic surgery. This type of surgery affords the patient a shorter length of stay in the hospital, or can even be done in an outpatient environment and of course thy have less pain and have a shorter recovery period. The Lap-Band® is considered less invasive and safer than the gastric bypass, because there is no intestinal re-routing, stomach cutting or stapling.

Is the Lap-Band® System safe?

Since June 2001 the Lap-Band® System has been used successfully in more than 350,000 procedures throughout the world. It has also been available in Europe since 1993 and was then approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June of 2001. The Lap-Band® is considered less invasive and safer than the gastric bypass procedure.

Is there any online education for the Lap-Band® System?

Yes there is a virtual online seminar available, it takes about 30 minutes and you should be able to get a basic understanding of the entire process from the pre-surgical diet all the way through to your post surgical experience. You can access the seminar page by clicking Here

How much weight can I expect to lose once I have a Lap-Band®?

You will likely find that your weight loss should be gradual. It is not unusual for you to lose two to three pounds every week in the twelve months after your surgery. Typically one pound a week is more the norm, and remember Individual results will vary from person to person. Read more details about how much you will lose here

Why should I have a Lap-Band® and not have a gastric bypass?

As you read earlier, The Lap-Band® System procedure does not involve intestinal re-routing stapling or stomach cutting and the Lap-Band® shows the lowest complication of a severe nature after surgery. (Less than 1%) and when compared to gastric bypass the Lap-Band® has the lowest mean short-term mortality rate compared gastric bypass (0.05 percent, which works out to approximately one tenth (1/10th) the mortality rate of gastric bypass procedure). The Lap-Band® is easily adjustable and the gastric bypass is not, so the gastric bypass cannot be changed to meet the needs of the individual like the Lap-Band® can, and of course the Lap-Band® is also reversible and can be removed at any time which is not true with the gastric bypass.

Are there any side effects associated with the use of the Lap-Band® System?

With the Lap-Band® procedure as with any weight loss surgery there are possible complications and risks associated with the Lap-Band® System, these risks include but are not limited to nausea, infection, band slippage, vomiting, and possible obstruction, and in rare cases a second operation and gastric perforation. More risk information can be found by calling 1-877-LAP-BAND or by visiting