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REALIZE® Band And LAP-BAND® Bariatric Surgeries: How Do They Differ? - Dr. Johnell

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Dr. Johnell describes how the REALIZE® band and LAP-BAND® bariatric procedures vary. Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon.

Dr. Johnell:
The first thing I tell patients when they ask me what’s the difference between a LAP-BAND® and a REALIZE® Band is that the similarities far outweigh the differences.

I tell them that whatever operation, whatever band they pick they do not make a wrong choice.

The LAP-BAND® was the first one that was initially FDA-approved in this country in 2001. Many patients prefer the band has been around the longest and has proven itself with years of use in this country.

Other patients are interested in the REALIZE® Band because it’s the newest band that has come out and became FDA-approved two years ago.

As I said, the similarities outweigh the differences by a large degree.

Both bands are placed in the same location. The adjustments are the same for both the bands, the diets are the same postoperatively and essentially they work in exactly the same manner.

After I tell them that they can’t make a wrong choice between the two bands I do tell them some of the differences between the two bands when I am pressed to do so.

The LAP-BAND® port is a little higher profile than the REALIZE® Band port. A lot of patients like the REALIZE® Band port because it is thinner and so may not be as noticeable to the patients but in reality that doesn’t end up being a problem post-operatively.

Another thing is that the bands now-a-days are very different from the bands from 6, 7, 8 years ago.

The LAP-BAND® over the years has made a number of improvements. They started off being high-pressure, low-volume bands.

Over the years the LAP-BAND® company has improved its product by producing a lower-pressure, higher-volume system that has been determined to be not only safer with fewer problems but more comfortable to the patients in terms of tolerating foods and foods that are a little bit more difficult to eat such as breads and meats.

About Dr. Michael W. Johnell, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon, specializing in the Adjustable Gastric Band procedure. Bariatric surgery constitutes 98 percent of his practice. He has 22 years of general surgery experience, 17 years of advanced laparoscopic surgery experience, and 7 years of laparoscopic bariatric surgery experience.

Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese

Related Terms: Adjustable Gastric Band, Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, REALIZE® Band, LAP-BAND®, Sleep Apnea, Bariatric Revision Surgery, Nutrition, BMI, Body Mass Index

Location: Greenley, CO, Colorado, Cloverly, Alden, Johnstown, Hardman, Windsor, Auburn, La Salle, Gill Elm, 80631

Expert: Dr. Michael W. Johnell, Dr. Johnell, Michael Johnell, M.D., Bariatric Surgeon Michael W. Johnell, Doctor Johnell

Expertise: Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure, Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Weight Reduction Surgery, Bariatric Revision Surgery

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