Dr. Blackstone describes the differences between the LAP-BAND® and REALIZE Band.
The LAP-BAND®, which is made by the company called Allergan, was the very first band approved for use in the United States in 2001. Since then, that band has undergone some significant changes that have really improved it and it is a tremendous device for losing weight.
Recently, in September of 2001, of 2007, Johnson & Johnson brought a new medical device to the marketplace which was approved through the FDA as well, and that band is called the REALIZE Band. Both of these bands are adjustable gastric bands. The difference is who they are made by, and there’s different features of each one that people should look into before they decide which one they want.
About Dr. Robin Blackstone, M.D.:
Dr. Robin Blackstone is a surgeon and Director at the Scottsdale Bariatric Center and Medical Director at the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Program. She is one of the few women surgeons in the world specializing in the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. With her practice focused entirely on Weight Loss Surgery, she is committed to providing patients with the very best care possible.