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The Lap-Band® is a gastric band which has been available in the United States for almost 20 years. However, the system was approved for use in Europe since the mid 1990’s. Its method of implantation is performed using laparoscopic or robotic techniques under general anesthesia. It is typically performed on an outpatient basis. The band is placed around the superior portion of the stomach and is connected to a small port placed below the skin (this allows for band adjustment). Typically a diet is slowly reintroduced postoperatively until resuming a normal diet at 4-6 weeks. The LapBand® comes in two different sizes and can be performed in select centers through a single site incision around the belly button versus the standard small four-five incisions.

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