LAP-BAND®

LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System

FDA Approves Expanded Use of LAP-BAND® for Weight Loss Surgery

The FDA recently approved the expansion of the use of the LAP-BAND® for people with a BMI of 30 to 40 and at least one co-morbid condition.

Now, with the less restrictive requirements approved by the FDA, approximately 37 million Americans who have a BMI of 30 to 40 and at least one co-morbid condition can have weight loss surgery. The FDA’s action highlights obesity as a growing health epidemic in the United States and the need for additional effective treatment options.

The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System involves placing a silicone elastomer band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch that holds limited amounts of food. When accompanied by dietary and lifestyle changes, the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System may promote lifelong weight loss.

Advantages:

  • minimally invasive, adjustable and reversible
  • requires no cutting or stapling of the stomach
  • quicker recovery — patients may resume normal activities within one to two weeks

To be considered for the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 18 years old.
  • have a BMI of 30 to 40 with at least one co-morbidity condition or be 100 pounds or more
  • have been overweight for at least five years.
  • made serious attempts to lower weight that have had little or no success.
  • not suffering from any other disease which could have affected your weight.
  • be prepared to make substantial dietary and lifestyle changes.
  • not drink alcohol in excess.

There are risks and complications, including death, associated with all major surgical procedures.

Although the laparoscopic technique used with the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is considered minimally invasive, it is still a surgical procedure and severe obesity increases the risks.

Please contact Houston Northwest Medical Center at 281-587-3300 if you would like to learn more about the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System.

LAP-BAND® is a registered trademark of allergan, inc.

Bariatric surgeries are not without severe risks including death and should only be considered as a last resort for weight loss. Weight loss varies according to the individual. This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.