gastric banding, commonly known as Lap Band® or Realize™ Band surgery, limits
the amount of food a person can eat at one time. An adjustable band is placed
near the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch. Food passes slowly from the
pouch into the stomach, resulting in a feeling of fullness with a smaller
amount of food, for a longer period of time. Because fewer calories are taken
in the body stops storing extra calories and instead begins to use fat reserves
for energy. The result is gradual weight loss.
This animation of the Bioentrics®LAP-BAND® system illustrates these steps:
This surgical weight loss option is available at:
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Minneapolis, Minnesota 612-863-7501
United Hospital St. Paul, Minnesota 651-241-6600
Unity Hospital Fridley, Minnesota 763-236-2045
St. Francis Regional Medical Center Shakopee, Minnesota 952-428-5433
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Gastric Banding: A Guide for Patients, surg-unity-94138
Stacy Erstad, PA-C, MPAS, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center and United Hospital Bariatric Center
To start your weight loss surgery journey, attend a free surgery information class.