The Lap-Band became available in 2001, and we began using it in 2002. We’ve come to understand that the Band is not a lasting treatment for obesity in most patients. We continue to see many patients who have already had a Band placed, and have removed many bands for weight gain, erosion into the stomach, and slippage of band out of position. We can remove a band and convert your surgery to a different weight-loss surgery.
Banding is an option or surgical weight loss, however, it is losing favor/ prominence nationwide, if a band is something you are interested in, Dr. Reiss will be happy to talk to you about it at your appointment.