A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly called a lap-band, A band, or LAGB, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach to treat obesity, intended to decrease food consumption. Adjustable gastric band surgery is an example of bariatric surgery designed for obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater—or between 35 and 40 in cases of patients with certain comorbidities that are known to improve with weight loss, such as sleep apnea, diabetes, osteoarthritis, GERD, hypertension (high blood pressure), or metabolic syndrome, among others.

The advantages of laparoscopic gastric banding:

  1. reduced risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, urinary incontinence, and other conditions related to excess weight.

    the possibility of long-term weight loss for those with obesity.

    relatively rapid recovery.

    smaller chance of wound infections and hernias after surgery.

    no loss of nutrient absorption.

    improved quality of life after surgery in many cases.