Consultation with a Surgeon


Meeting with the surgeon will be the first step in your weight-loss surgery journey. During your consultation, the doctor will carefully review your medical history and will discuss your medical eligibility for surgery. You will also discuss potential risks associated with the surgery and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Upon reviewing your medical history and your current health status, your surgeon will provide recommendations on whether weight-loss surgery is right for you.


We always encourage our future patients to research other surgical weight-loss procedures prior to meeting with a surgeon. Preparing yourself before the visit will give you a better understanding of the benefits of both LAP-BAND® and gastric sleeve surgeries and help you decide which procedure is right for you. Our online seminars are a great place to start and answers many common questions about weight-loss surgery. Our surgeons, dietitian, and patient advocate will be more than happy to answer any of your concerns during your consultation.


We understand that the decision to undergo weight-loss surgery may be one of the biggest decisions in your life, and that is why we want to provide as much support as possible. The best way to determine if adjustable gastric banding or gastric sleeve can help you is to schedule your consultation with an experienced surgeon.

Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2with one or more obesity-related co-morbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

Important: For full safety information please click here, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 1-855-551-3123

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