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Is the LAP-BAND System safe?


To date, the LAP-BAND® System has been successfully used in more than 300,000 procedures worldwide. This simple, reversible medical device has been available in Europe since 1993 and was approved by the FDA in June 2001. It is considered safer and less invasive than gastric bypass, as there is no stomach cutting, stapling or intestinal re-routing.

The LAP-BAND® System’s inflatable band is usually placed around the top portion of the stomach laparoscopically, using "keyhole" surgery, which offers the advantages of reduced pain, length of hospital stay and recovery period.

Additionally, the LAP-BAND® System has a lower severe complication rate perioperatively (less than 1%), lower mean short-term mortality rate (0.05 percent, approximately 1/10 the mortality rate of gastric bypass) and carries fewer risks of vitamin and mineral deficiencies than gastric bypass.

To find out more about potential LAP-BAND risks, as well as complications during weight loss surgery, please call LAP-BAND VIP at 1-855-690-0560.