The least invasive bariatric procedure, the Lap-Band® system uses an adjustable band to limit the amount of food your stomach can hold. Also known as gastric banding surgery, this procedure is one of the most effective treatment options, especially for patients with a lower body mass index (BMI).

How is it done?

Your surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch that holds food. This limits the amount of food your stomach can hold and will make you feel full after eating a smaller amount.

Your surgeon will be able to adjust the tightness of the band as you progressively lose weight.

For this procedure, your surgeon makes a few small incisions in your abdomen and inserts a special medical device with a small camera and other surgical instruments. The band is then placed around the upper part of your stomach.

What are the advantages to the Lap-Band system?

With this system, you will eat less food without affecting the absorption of nutrients. The procedure slows the digestive system, which can help satisfy your appetite several hours. This system can usually help patients lose 55 to 80 percent of their excess body weight over one to two years.

Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, patients may experience a shorter hospital stay, less pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery. Losing weight can help improve certain conditions such as diabetes or sleep apnea.


Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the Lap-Band system does not require cutting or reattaching of any part of the stomach or small intestine.

You may even be able to have your Lap-Band removed once you reach your target weight.

Is the Lap-Band system right for me?

Many factors such as your health and weight loss goals will determine if you are a qualified candidate for gastric banding surgery using the Lap-Band system. Attend a free educational seminar to learn more about the benefits and possible risks of the bariatric surgeries available at Manatee Weight Loss Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Manatee Weight Loss Center at 941-896-9507.