LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding

Approved by the FDA in June 2001, the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is the safest, least invasive and only adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. It is appropriate for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35+ or a BMI of 30-34 with an obesity-related health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension or sleep apnea. It induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food (and calories) that can be consumed. Since its clinical introduction in 1994, more than 750,000 LAP-BAND procedures have been performed worldwide.

Minimally-Invasive Surgical Approach

During the LAP-BAND procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long-shafted instruments), to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.

Safe, Low-Trauma Procedure

LAP-BAND adjustable gastric band safetySince there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the LAP-BAND® System procedure, it is considered the safest and least traumatic compared to other weight-loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers 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.

Adjustable Treatment

The LAP-BAND® System is also the only adjustable weight loss surgery. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight loss rate. Your individual needs 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.

To modify the size of the band, its inner surface can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed well below the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin.


  • Safer procedure
  • Shorter length of stay
  • Decreased risk of nutritional deficiencies due to no malabsorption


  • Band slippage or erosion

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As the premier lap band specialists in Central Indiana, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about LAP-BAND® or bariatric surgery for weight loss. Please call Community Bariatric Services - Hamilton at 317-621-2511, attend a FREE class or watch an informative video with Dr. McEwen from home to discover if adjustable gastric band surgery is an option for you!

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