The Obesity Epidemic
Treatment Options
The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band
LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Post-Surgery Diet and Nutrition
Living with the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band
How long will it take to recover after the surgery?
How much weight will I lose?
Can I eat anything in moderation?
Does the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System require frequent visits to my doctor after surgery?
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More then 100,000 LAP-BAND® System procedures have been performed worldwide. Its success and the general interest in the use of the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System have rapidly grown in this country, as evidenced by increasing national media coverage, including news stories on television and articles in publications such as USA Today, People, Woman's World, Today's Woman, Us Weekly, and The Boston Globe. But to hear what actual patients have to say about how the LAP-BAND® System procedure helped them lose weight says much more then a new clip or statistic.

Trisha C., A working professional, has lost 93 pounds

"The LAP-BAND® System provided a way for me to break free from the horrible prison of fat. A world of changes has occurred - others' perception, my confidence and self-esteem, higher energy level, the excitement of looking in the mirror and seeing the new me, the joy of knowing that I can become all that I can be... I could go on but above all, the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System has given me a healthier lifestyle and a healthier me!"


Cynthia J., A working professional, weight lost: 210 pounds

"Before I had the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System, I had given up on life. At 340 pounds, the chances of getting married, having children, and a fabulous job were slim to none. Even walking up a flight of stairs caused heart palpitations, extreme sweating and breathlessness! Now, 210 pounds lighter thanks to the LAP-BAND® System , I can run up multiple flights of stairs without getting winded. I have a wonderful job, I date, and the possibility of getting married and having children is within reach. I am thankful that the band does not completely re-arrange one's insides as I did not want to deal with vitamin therapy or malnutrition."

Frank Q. , A business owner, weight lost: 135 pounds

"My choice was easy: the LAP-BAND® System Surgery was the least invasive option and would enable me to recover very quickly. I was in the hospital for a day and back at work in 10 days. I haven't been hungry since and I eat whatever I want. The LAP-BAND® is such a good tool to remind you when to stop eating and a way to lose weight without sacrificing nutrition. Would I recommend this surgery to someone else? Absolutely! Would I have it again myself? In a heartbeat."


Pam W. , A mother, ER worker, weight lost: 134 pounds

"I have 2 small children and a very athletic husband. It was hard for me to keep up with them and their active lifestyles. I had weight-induced asthma, swelling, heartburn, and leg and back pain. I know I had to do something about the weight when I tried to tie my shoes and couldn't. I had tried every diet and weight-loss plan, but nothing seemed to work. I had given up until I heard of the LAP-BAND® System procedure. I work in the medical field, so I gathered as much information as I could on the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System. To me, the benefits of this surgery, such as its minimal invasiveness, adjustability and reversibility, far outweighed the complications. Above all else, I wanted to be healthier. It has been 16 months since the surgery and all I can say is that I am overjoyed with the results. I no longer suffer with any leg or back pain. The asthma has all but disappeared and I am more athletic and healthier than I was as a teenager. I went from 262 to 128 lbs. This is more weight than I expected to ever lose, and I feel like I lost a whole person and gained a new me!"

Sondar A. , A mother, grandmother, weight lost: 100 pounds

"After surgery, I ate small, healthy meals and exercised, and I lost almost 100 pounds in less than a year. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is a healthy, sensible solution - there is low risk with this technique and the option for band removal. It was the smartest thing I've ever done. Actually, I believe that the LAP-BAND® System saved my life."



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As with any surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications associated with the LAP-BAND® System Surgery . Talk to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for the LAP-BAND® System.