Key Benefits

Key Benefits of the LAP-BAND®System over Gastric Bypass:

Safer Less Invasive Surgical Option:

  • The LAP-BAND® System can be applied to the top portion of the stomach laparoscopically using "keyhole" surgery, which offers the advantages of reduced pain, length of hospital stay and recovery period1,2 
  • The LAP-BAND® System procedure has a lower severe complication rate perioperatively (less than 1 percent) and lower mean short-term mortality rate (0.05 percent, approximately 1/10 the mortality rate of gastric bypass)3 
  • The LAP-BAND® System carries fewer risks of vitamin and mineral deficiencies than gastric bypass4 
  • The LAP-BAND® System has non-surgical adjustments that help the patient attain and maintain a healthy satiety level and minimize the potential for weight regain 
  • The LAP-BAND® System is reversible and it can be removed at any time 

LAP-BAND®System Effectiveness:
  • In clinical studies of severely obese patients, the LAP-BAND® System has been demonstrated to be an effective surgical method for weight loss, improving co-morbid conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension and reducing the use of medication to treat those conditions
  • Adjustibility helps patients sustain long-term weight loss benefits