How Effective is Surgery?

Surgery Effectiveness

Weight-loss surgery has proven to be a successful method for the treatment of morbid obesity. The adjustable gastric band (AGB) is the least traumatic and the only adjustable and reversible obesity surgery available in the United States. The AGB provides a unique tool that can help you achieve and maintain significant weight loss, improve your health, and enhance your quality of life. Approved by the FDA, the LAP-BAND® System and the REALIZE™ Banding System are the least invasive and the only adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. It induces weight loss by allowing a person to feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food. The AGB reduces the capacity of the stomach and restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time.

Since its clinical introduction in 1993, more than 500,000 adjustable gastric banding procedures have been performed around the world.

  1. Academic publications with up to 15 years of patient follow-up.
  2. Standard of care for bariatric practices around the world: 95% of all weight loss surgery in Australia uses the adjustable gastric band
  3. 85% of all weight loss surgery performed outside the United States uses the adjustable gastric band

Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) continues to increase every year in this country: Gastric Bypass procedures increase annually by approximately 2%, whereas AGB procedures increase 38-40% annually. It is estimated that in 2009, the number of AGB’s performed will outnumber the number of Gastric Bypass performed in this country