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There are many reasons a person can become obese. While the exact causes are still unknown, many factors, including genetic, environmental, and metabolic disorders, may contribute. Whether you have 30 or 100 pounds to lose, the important thing is: how you got here doesn’t really matter — it’s what you do next that counts.After the first year, 94.1% of patients were satisfied with the LAP-BAND AP® System (N=2).2*For thousands of people, LAP-BAND® is the tool that helps them take charge of their weight — and their health.

Affecting your lifestyle. And your life.

At times, it may seem the whole world has an opinion about your weight. Opinions aside, you probably already know: being obese isn’t good for you. And you know better than anyone how excessive weight affects your life — how you look, how you feel, and the things you can or can’t do. What you might not realize is that obesity can also affect how long you live. Carrying excess weight increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions.3 But it doesn’t have to — in fact, studies show significant weight loss may improve, or even resolve, these conditions.

When diet and exercise aren’t enough.

You’ve probably tried to lose weight before, but gained it all back — only to try again. It can truly feel like a never-ending cycle. You should know: you’re not alone. Studies have shown that while people on traditional diet and exercise weight loss programs can lose weight, as much as 2/3 of that weight is regained within one year — and almost all of it within five years.9 The LAP-BAND® System can help you take it off — and keep it off.
When diet and exercise aren’t enough.

You’ve probably tried to lose weight before, but gained it all back — only to try again. It can truly feel like a never-ending cycle. You should know: you’re not alone. Studies have shown that while people on traditional diet and exercise weight loss programs can lose weight, as much as 2/3 of that weight is regained within one year — and almost all of it within five years.9 The LAP-BAND® System can help you take it off — and keep it off.

A word about safety

Since every surgery comes with risk, it’s smart to know as much as you can about your options — particularly concerning safety. When it comes to the LAP-BAND® System, several studies show that adjustable gastric banding is one of the safer weight loss surgery options currently available in the United States.13 And the LAP-BAND® System is the only FDA-approved gastric banding system for people who are at least 30 pounds overweight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 and one or more obesity related comorbid conditions.

* Patient satisfaction data was collected during the APEX study, an observational study that used a global questionnaire to ask patients it they were: very satisfied, satisfied, indifferent, or dissatisfied with their LAP-BAND AP® experience. 84.1% of patients completed the questionnaire at their 48 week follow-up visit (272/323). Allergan data on File; October 2012.

References:

Data on File. Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA. January, 2011.Data on File. Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA. October 2009.Weight-control Information Network (WIN), an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Do you know the health risks of being overweight? November 2004. Available at: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/health_risks.htm.

Accessed June 6, 2007.Frigg A, Peterli R, Peters T, Ackerman C, Tondelli P. Reduction in co-morbidities 4 years after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Obes Surg. 2004;14:216-223.Dixon JB, Chapman L, O’Brien P. Marked improvement in asthma after LAP-BAND® surgery for morbid obesity. Obes Surg 1999;9:385-389.Dixon JB, O’Brien PE.

Health outcomes of severely obese type 2 diabetic subjects 1 year after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Diabetes Care2002;25(2)358-363.Dixon JB, Schachter LM, O’Brien PE. Sleep disturbance and obesity: changes following surgically induced weight loss. Arch Intern Med 2001;161:102-106.