Lap Band Procedure

What is Gastric Banding?

The LAP-BAND® System is an adjustable gastric band designed to help you lose excess body weight, improve weight-related health conditions and enhance your quality of life. During the procedure, our surgeons use laparoscopic techniques to wrap the LAP-BAN® System around the patient’s stomach. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create the new stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. The band is then locked securely in a ring around the stomach.  The surgery required to place the band involves only minimal incisions and therefore is a much less invasive than other weight loss surgery procedures. It generally reduces the stomach capacity and restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time.*

The name “LAP-BAND® System” comes from the surgical technique used, laparoscopic, and the name of the implanted medical device, gastric band. The LAP-BAND® System is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface. This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food, so the food storage area in the stomach is reduced.* The band also controls the stoma (stomach outlet) between the new upper pouch and the lower part of the stomach. When the stomach is smaller, you feel full faster, while the food moves more slowly between your upper and lower stomach as it is digested. As a result, you eat less and lose weight.*
* Results may vary from person to person.


Since there is no stomach cutting, stapling, or gastrointestinal re-routing involved in the LAP-BAND® System procedure, we consider it t0 the safest, least invasive, and least traumatic of all weight-loss surgeries.* The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also has the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay, and quicker recovery.* If for any reason the LAP-BAND® System needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.

*Results may vary from person to person.

Adjustable Weight Loss

Once placed around the stomach, tubing connects the LAP-BAND® System to an access port fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen. This allows the surgeon to change the stoma (stomach outlet) size by adding or subtracting saline, or salt water, inside the inner balloon through the access port. This adjustment process helps determine the rate of weight loss.* If the band is too loose and weight loss is inadequate, adding more saline can reduce the size of the stoma to further restrict the amount of food that can move through it. If the band is too tight, the surgeon will remove some saline to loosen the band and reduce the amount of restriction.
*Results may vary from person to person.

*Results may vary from person to person.

The diameter of the band can be modified to meet your individual needs, which can change as you lose weight. * For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who aren’t experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.

The LAP-BAND® System Advantages at a Glance 

Minimal Trauma

  • Least invasive surgical option*
  • No intestinal re-routing*
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel*
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring*
  • Reduced patient pain, length of hospital stay and recovery period*

*Results may vary from person to person.

Fewer Risks and Side Effects

  • 10 times less operative and short-term mortality than gastric bypass1*
  • Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass*
  • Reduced risk of hair loss*
  • No “dumping syndrome” related to dietary intake restrictions*

*Results may vary from person to person.


  • Allows individualized degree of restriction for ideal rate of weight-loss*
  • Adjustments performed without additional surgery*
  • Supports pregnancy by allowing stomach outlet size to be opened to accommodate increased nutritional needs,*
  • In our opinion, the only surgical option designed to help maintain long-term weight loss

*Results may vary from person to person.


  • Removable at any time.*
  • Stomach and other anatomy are generally restored to their original forms and functions.*

*Results may vary from person to person.

Effective Long-Term Weight Loss

  • More than 300,000 LAP-BAND® System devices placed worldwide
  • Standard of care for hundreds of surgeons around the world
  • In our opinion, the #1 selling adjustable gastric band for weight loss
  • Academic publications with up to 10 years of follow-up
  • Results may vary from person to person.