WLS and You

Do you feel like you have tried everything to lose weight but have only been disappointed with the results? Have you lost weight before, only to gain it all back — and then some? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, our clinic hears the same story from hundreds of patients. We’ve helped them, and we can help you too.


Restrictive weight-loss procedures, such as adjustable gastric banding and gastric sleeve, help create a feeling of fullness with less food. You feel full sooner, so you eat less. Both gastric band and gastric sleeve are purely restrictive weight loss surgeries, i.e. they promote weight loss by restricting the amount of food you can eat. While the adjustable gastric band (LAP-BAND) is a device placed around your stomach for restriction, gastric sleeve surgery requires a permanent removal of about 80% of your stomach. The LAP-BAND leaves your stomach intact and does not require any stapling or cutting. It is ultimately up to you and your physician to decide which procedure would suit you best. When considering your options, remember that both surgeries are very safe and can be extremely effective tools in achieving the optimal weight.


Our medical team considers several factors when evaluating your eligibility for weight-loss surgery, including your overall health and your previous weight-loss efforts. That is why, in order to accurately assess whether weight-loss surgery is right for you, a one-on-one surgical consultation is required. It’s easy to get started: just schedule your initial appointment online.


In a gastric bypass procedure, the intestinal tract is rerouted so that the food you eat bypasses part of the small intestine. As a result, the body absorbs fewer calories from the food that you eat. Because of the cutting and stapling of the digestive tract, the procedure is difficult to reverse, requires a longer hospital stay, and results in a longer recovery period. The adjustable gastric band, or LAP-BAND, is safer, far less invasive, and just as effective as gastric bypass in helping patients lose weight. Learn more about LAP-BAND vs. gastric bypass. Gastric sleeve is a middle ground between the LAP-BAND and the gastric bypass. Gastric sleeve is purely restrictive like the LAP-BAND, but it requires cutting and stapling of the stomach similarly to the gastric bypass. Gastric sleeve is more invasive than the gastric band, but it is not as invasive and therefore is much safer than the gastric bypass. Gastric sleeve limits your stomach capacity by removing a large part of your stomach, but differently than gastric bypass, leaves your intestines intact.


In addition to long-term, sustainable weight loss, many patients experience additional benefits such as better sleep, more energy, and overall improved quality of life. Many weight-related health conditions are improved after weight-loss surgery, including diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. Patients are often able to stop taking medications for these types of health conditions after losing their excess weight.*


All surgery involves risks, and the risks are different for each patient and and each procedure. Common risks and complications from weight-loss surgery may include nausea, vomiting, some hair loss, and excess skin remaining after weight loss. The types of complications and side effects will also depend on the type of surgery you’ll choose. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate and explain your individual risk level.


The amount of weight you lose, and how quickly you lose it, will depend on several factors, including your weight before surgery and the type of surgery you have. Patients who are committed to making the necessary lifestyle changes are more successful following weight-loss surgery, as are those who regularly attend support groups, like our DayOne Support Group. Learn more about weight-loss results with the LAP-BAND and gastric sleeve by talking to our patient advocate.


During your first consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons, you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding weight-loss surgery. Your doctor will discuss your medical history, medical conditions that may interfere with the surgery or your life with the band, and any additional medical considerations. While talking to your doctor, don’t forget to mention if you have any health problems such as severe sleep apnea or stomach ulcerations, and let your doctor know if your weight gain was a result of an illness.

*Always obtain your doctor’s approval before discontinuing the use of any prescription medications.

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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