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           LAP-BAND® or REALIZE® BAND? How To Determine Which is Right for You

       By NJ Bariatric Center
       Dated: Apr 30, 2010

       New Jersey Bariatric Center surgeon explains the facts of both weight loss surgery procedures enabling
       patients to make an informed choice when considering gastric band surgery.

       Summit, NJ – LAP-BAND® or REALIZE® Band? For patients contemplating gastric band surgery, it’s
       one of the most commonly asked questions. Surgeons at the New Jersey Bariatric Center recommend
       understanding how each product works and assists in weight loss in order to choose which gastric band
       product is right for you.

        “For potential gastric band patients both the LAP-BAND® and the REALIZE® Band procedure are safe,
       effective weight loss methods that can lead to a healthier lifestyle,” says Dr. Ajay Goyal, Founder, New
       Jersey Bariatric Center. “During patient consultations we take the time to explain the ins and outs of both
       the LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band surgery, and then work with each patient to determine which
       procedure best fits her lifestyle and weight loss goals.”

        LAP-BAND® System

        The LAP-BAND® System, manufactured by Allergan, was the first gastric band approved by the U.S
       Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for surgical weight reduction in the United States. Clinical trials
       began in the U.S. in June 1995 and commercial use of the LAP-BAND® System was approved by the FDA
       in June 2001.

        The LAP-BAND® System has a 360 degree fill capacity, and is available in two sizes – standard which
       can hold up to 10 ccs of saline, and large, which holds up to 14ccs of saline to accommodate larger patients.
        There are two ports available, the standard (14.7mm) and the low-profile port (11.9mm), both of which are
       stitched to the muscle wall in the abdomen. Adjustments to the LAP-BAND® typically occur in the New
       Jersey Bariatric Center offices with specially designed needles where saline is either added or removed via
       the port to tighten or loosen the band. Tightening the band restricts food intake, and is the key to jump
       starting weight loss. On occasion, the band is adjusted, under radiological fluoroscopy in the hospital.


        REALIZE® Adjustable Band

        Manufactured by Ethicon-Endo Surgery, a division of Johnson & Johnson, the REALIZE® Adjustable
       Band has 20 years of clinical data confirming its performance. Outside the US it’s known as the Swedish
       Adjustable Gastric Band and has been used in patients since 1986. In the US, clinical trials began in 2003
       and FDA approval was granted for commercial use of the REALIZE® Adjustable Band in September 2007.


        The REALIZE® Band also has a 360 degree fill capacity with one band size available capable of
       sustaining 11 cc’s of sterile saline. One low profile port is available and is also adjusted at the New Jersey
       Bariatric Center offices. However, in contrast to the LAP-BAND®, the REALIZE® Band port is adhered
       to the muscle in the abdomen with special clips located on the back of the low-profile port.

        The surgeons at the New Jersey Bariatric Center have successfully performed more than 1,000 gastric band
       surgeries to-date, and were one of the first surgeons to use the REALIZE? Band in New Jersey.


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Making the Choice

 Overall, the LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Adjustable Band, have both been proven to be safe,
effective surgical procedures that assist in achieving long term weight loss. And, they both offer online
support through My LAP-BAND® Journey or REALIZE® My Success programs. In the end, the decision
regarding which band is right for you is based on patient preference after understanding the facts on how
each one assists in your weight loss journey.

 New Jersey Bariatric Center
 The New Jersey Bariatric Center, led by Dr. Ajay Goyal, has offices in Union and Hoboken, New Jersey.
Dr. Goyal’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortality to date and a complication rate that is
lower than the national average. These surgical results stand out as some of the best in New Jersey. If you
or someone you love is considering bariatric surgery – Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND® or REALIZE Band ®
procedures - please join us for one of our free educational seminars. To register, visit us at http://
www.njbariatriccenter.com .

Ajay Goyal, MD, FACS
Director
New Jersey Bariatric Center
700 Rahway Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 481-1270
Fax: (908) 688-8861
info@njbcenter.com
http://www.njbariatriccenter.com
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Category           Health, Lifestyle, Medical
Tags               lap band surgery nj, realize band surgery nj, new jersey weight loss surgeon
Email              Click to email author
Phone              (908) 481-1270
City/Town          Union
State/Province     New Jersey
Country            United States




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