How the LAP-BAND® works

A true breakthrough in healthy, long-term weight loss.

Safely and effectively, the revolutionary yet simple technology behind the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System reduces the amount of food that your stomach can hold at one time. This helps you gradually lose weight and keep it off. So you can live a healthier life — for your children, your family, and yourself.

What it is

The “LAP-BAND®” trademark uniquely identifies the first adjustable gastric banding device approved by the FDA, which is manufactured and sold by Allergan, Inc. It does not refer to gastric banding devices manufactured by other companies.

When considering stomach banding weight loss surgery — be sure to ask for the LAP-BAND® System by name.

How it works

Without any stomach cutting or stapling, the LAP-BAND® System reduces your stomach’s capacity, restricting the amount of food you are able to eat at one time. Plus, you feel full faster and stay full longer, so you wind up eating less.

Today’s LAP-BAND AP® System is:

Designed for Advanced Performance: our most advanced device approved by the FDA.
Developed in collaboration with leading bariatric surgeons, this third-generation device is built on the proven performance of the LAP-BAND® System.
Specially designed with our proprietary OMNIFORM® technology — with pre-curved sections (or pillows) that conform to fit your body better, minimizing leaks due to creases or folds. This offers a 360° inflation area for an even distribution of pressure, more secure placement, and complete coverage of stomach anatomy. The result: a perfect fit right from the start.

Designed for increased flexibility; with two sizes and a wider range of adjustments to suit your precise needs.

Available in two sizes to allow your surgeon to choose the best option for you.

A new standard of excellence

Only the LAP-BAND® System offers the assurance of the LAP-BAND TOTAL CARE® program, a comprehensive set of best practices that provides training for your healthcare team with tools, information and support.

What does this mean for you, the patient? It means that your LAP-BAND® System Bariatric team can access the LAP-BAND TOTAL CARE® tools they need to give you the best care, information and support possible. These tools are designed to provide extra training to support surgeons and patients throughout the weight loss journey.


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Directions For Use (DFU). LAP-BAND AP® Adjustable Gastric Banding System with OMNIFORM®Design. Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA. 02/11.
A Surgical Aid in the Treatment of Morbid Obesity, LAP-BAND® System Information for Patients (P/N 94829). Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA. April, 2008.

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