There are two providers of gastric bands, the Realize Band® and the Lap-band®. During the gastric banding procedure a silicone band and an injection port are placed in the patient’s abdomen. The silicone band fits around the upper stomach and creates two connected chambers. The injection port is then attached to the abdominal wall, underneath the skin and serves to adjust the band in the future.


  • Reversible
  • All foods are absorbed
  • Adjustable
  • Does not change anatomy


  • Weight loss is slower
  • Several adjustments may be needed
  • Nausea and vomiting