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Two gastric bands are available in the United States: the REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band and the LAP-BAND System. Both bands help patients lose weight through a restrictive method that involves limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. As a result, patients eat less, feel full faster, and stay full longer. Eating less enables the body to stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.
When considering the differences between two weight loss procedures, it is important to look at three criteria: safety, effectiveness, and the level of ongoing support offered before and after surgery. Patients who tend to be most successful have help in losing weight and in maintaining that weight loss over time. Given these criteria, these two gastric bands are not the same.
The safety of a procedure can be indicated by leak rates, complication rates, or the need for secondary procedures to address complications. The effectiveness of a weight loss procedure can be measured both in short-term weight loss (1 year) and long-term weight loss (3 years or more). Long-term results are a better indicator of a procedure’s effectiveness. Other good potential benefits following bariatric surgery include improvements in co-morbid conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Finally, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery recommends that patients have adequate support before and after surgery, which includes psychological support, dietary and nutritional counseling, and patient support groups or programs.4 According to the National Institutes of Health, patients should look for support programs that teach patients how to make positive and healthy behavior changes, help patients follow a specific physical activity plan, and provide coping strategies.5
Key points of differentiation between the REALIZE Band and LAP-BAND System:
Table 1. Product and Support Comparison
|Feature||The REALIZE® Solution||LAP-BAND System|
|Bands||REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band
REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band-C
Designed for restriction—not constriction
My LAP-BAND Journey
** As tested using four 2-0 Prolene sutures.
Learning more about the differences between gastric bands
People interested in learning more about both gastric bands are encouraged to attend an information seminar. Seminars are usually conducted by an experienced bariatric surgeon or by members of a bariatric clinic who can thoroughly explain the procedure, discuss the risks and benefits, and answer questions. It is also common for weight loss surgery patients to be there to share their experiences. No commitment is required. Use this seminar finder or call 1-866-300-1818 to find a seminar.
Patients are often required to attend a surgeon’s seminar before the surgeon will hold a one-on-one consultation to discuss the patient’s surgical options.
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*Patients who frequently use REALIZE mySUCCESS® lose significantly more weight. Based on 12 months of patient-reported data from REALIZE Band patients using REALIZE mySUCCESS®. Frequent users were in the top third of patients based on frequency of entering a weight into REALIZE mySUCCESS®. Source: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. data on file.
This information is provided by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Ethicon Endo-Surgery is not responsible for any other content on this Web site. The REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band is used in morbidly obese adult patients for significant long-term weight loss. It may not be right for individuals with certain digestive tract conditions. All surgery presents risks. Weight, age, and medical history determine your specific risks. Ask your doctor if bariatric surgery is right for you.
For more information, visit the official site for the REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band, www.REALIZE.com, or call 1-866-REALIZE.
LAP-BAND is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
2 SAGB PMA. P070009.
4 ASMBS, Rationale for the surgical treatment of obesity. Available at: http://www.asbs.org/Newsite07/patients/resources/asbs_rationale.htm. Accessed Sept. 9, 2009.
6 SAGB PMA P070009 and LAP-BAND PMA P000008.
7 Allergan. Available at http://www.lapband.com/get_informed/obesity_weight_loss/lapband_vs_other/#chart Accessed June 12, 2009.
8 Miller K, Pump A. Mechanical versus suture ﬁxation of the port in adjustable gastric banding procedures: a prospective randomized blinded study. Surgical Endoscopy. 2008:22(11): 2478-2484. DSL 08-0561.1
12 Ethicon Endo-Surgery Study Data on File.
13 Compared to Allergan Access Port 1 & Access Port 2