Adjustable Gastric Band

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.

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Other weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® and endoscopic balloon procedures, are also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in certain people with a BMI of 30 to 35.  Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures. Patient testimonials reflect results achieved by these patients.  As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.