The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is the first U.S. FDA-approved adjustable gastric band for use in weight reduction. To date, this simple reversible surgically implanted device has been used in more than 300,000 procedures worldwide.
The LAP-BAND® System was approved by the FDA in June 2001 for severely obese adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more or for people with a BMI of at least 30 plus at least one severe obesity-related health condition such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and asthma.How is the LAP-BAND System Procedure Performed?
The LAP-BAND® System’s inflatable band is usually placed around the top portion of the stomach laparoscopically, using “keyhole” surgery, which offers the advantages of reduced pain, length of hospital stay and recovery period. The LAP-BAND® System procedure is considered safer and less invasive than gastric bypass, as there is no stomach cutting, stapling or intestinal re-routing.