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The REALIZE Band is placed during a laparoscopic procedure, which is performed using small incisions. The procedure does not involve cutting or stapling of the stomach, and does not alter the digestive system. Laparoscopic surgery typically results in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.
When a laparoscopic operation is performed, small incisions are made in the abdomen. A small video camera, along with the surgical instruments, is inserted through the incisions. The surgeon views the procedure on a separate video monitor. Most laparoscopic surgeons believe that this gives them a better view and better access to key anatomical structures.
Working through the incisions, the surgeon guides the placement of the band and the injection port. The surgeon places the REALIZE Port using a unique patented port applier. The port is placed without sutures (stitches) to reduce pain and time under anesthesia. Most REALIZE Band patients go home the day of surgery or the following day.
No part of the stomach is stapled or removed during gastric banding surgery and the intestines are not re-routed as in gastric bypass surgery. That means the body continues to absorb nutrients from food. Learn about life after surgery.
Paying for surgery
Many health insurance plans offer coverage for bariatric surgery. Without insurance, there are many financing options available, such as a credit card, personal line of credit, or home equity loan. To learn more, read Bariatric Insurance Coverage and Financing.
Selecting a surgeon to perform the procedure
When searching for a surgeon, it is important to research the surgeon’s qualifications and to ask questions of the surgeon and the staff at the bariatric clinic. All of these people play a role in supporting patients after surgery, so it’s important to feel comfortable with them.
The following are three important criteria to consider when evaluating potential surgeons:
Finding a surgeon
Patients can often meet surgeons at information seminars. 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. Weight loss surgery patients may also be there to share their experiences. No commitment is required. Use this seminar finder or call 1-866-300-1818 to locate 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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*Based on 12 months of patient-reported data from REALIZE® Band patients using REALIZE mySUCCESS®. Regular 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.
3 Shirmer, B, Schauer P. Bariatric surgery training: getting your ticket punched. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007; 11:807-812.