Dr. John DeBarros, a bariatric surgeon at Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, explains how the adjustable gastric bands differ.
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How Reversible Are Lap-Band and Gastric Bypass Surgeries Now in terms of when people search for Lap-Band or adjustable gastric band you are essentially searching for an adjustable gastric band procedure, okay? And initially the Realize Band, there are two bands, a Realize Band, which is made by Johnson & Johnson, the Allergan Band, which is also called a Lap-Band, okay? The Allergan Band has been in the United States for a longer period of time and we have a lot more sort of experience with the Lap-Band. Now the Lap-Band has gone through a permutation where it’s sort of gotten an upgrade as well as we have gone through with our experience with it. The Realize Band, as you see here, is a newer band and that has just come out and it’s a different type of band, however they both have the same result, which is adjustability, and there are points that are positive and negative to both of these devices, okay? And it really should be left up to the surgeon and the patient as to determine which band is the most appropriate band for that patient despite a lot of the TV advertising to the contrary.
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