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Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

Gastric banding was first introduced to the world in the early 1990s and to the United States in 2001. The Baystate Weight Loss Surgery Program began offering laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in December 2005.


There are currently two banding products available:


  • LAP-BAND® (Allergan, Inc., Irvine, CA)
  • Realize® (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., Cincinnati, OH).


We currently use the Realize®, which became available in March 2008. This operation causes food to move slowly through the very beginning of the stomach, stimulating the brain to make you feel full early into a meal. Patients can expect to lose 40-50% of their pounds over their ideal body weight.