Treatments → LapBand® and Realize® Gastric Banding
Laparoscopy or Minimally Invasive Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery
Laparoscopic procedures for weight loss surgery employ the same principles as their "open" counterparts and produce similar excess weight loss. Not all patients are candidates for this approach, just as all bariatric surgeons are not trained in the advanced techniques required to perform this less invasive method. The American Society for Bariatric Surgery recommends that laparoscopic weight loss surgery should only be performed by surgeons who are experienced in both laparoscopic and open bariatric procedures.
Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB), a.k.a. LapBand
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Dr. Wittgrove was a primary investigator for the LapBand System. He currently performs Laparoscopic Gastric Banding operations with the Ethicon® band.