LAP-BAND® Surgery

Dr. Averbach is proud to have patients come to him for LAP-BAND surgery for weight loss. Maryland, metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Baltimore patients seeking an effective, long-term weight loss option often choose LAP-BAND surgery.

If you are considering bariatric surgery in Maryland, please request a consultation, or call us at (410) 368-8725 to schedule an appointment. You may also want to sign up for one of our free seminars at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore to learn more about LAP-BAND surgery.

The LAP-BAND AP® System

The latest generation of the LAP-BAND System – the LAP-BAND AP System – is the most advanced adjustable gastric banding system approved by the FDA. The LAP-BAND AP System uses patented Omniform™ technology – soft, pre-curved, sections – and introduces a 360 degree inflation area. Omniform technology is designed to minimize the potential for leaks due to unwanted creases or folds (crease-fold failure). At the same time, the 360 degree inflation area evenly distributes pressure for complete coverage of stomach anatomy. The LAP-BAND AP System also has the highest available fill volume so your surgeon has the flexibility to offer more precise adjustments.

The LAP-BAND AP System was designed to extend the proven performance of the LAP-BAND® System.

LAP-BAND System Advantages

The LAP-BAND System Advantages at a Glance

 Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Minimally invasive surgical approach
  • No intestinal re-routing, cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel as with gastric bypass
  • Often performed on an out-patient basis
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring
  • Reduced post-surgical pain, shorter hospital stay and recovery time
  • Return to work/normal activities typically within a week

Fewer Risks and Side Effects

  • Ten times lower short-term mortality rate than gastric bypass
  • Low risk of post-surgical nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass
  • Reduced risk of hair loss
  • No "dumping syndrome" (food passes through the system too fast resulting in severe cramping/digestive disruption) related to dietary intake restrictions


  • Allows for personalized steady, healthy rate of weight loss
  • No additional surgery for adjustments
  • Supports pregnancy by allowing for increased nutritional needs
  • Surgical weight loss option specifically designed for long term weight maintenance

Effective Long Term Weight Loss

  • More than 450,000 LAP-BAND System devices distributed worldwide
  • #1 selling adjustable gastric band for weight loss worldwide
  • Over ten years of medical studies and academic publications follow-up
  • Sets the "gold standard" of care for obesity treatment for hundreds of surgeons world-wide


  • While it is intended to be a long-term treatment, the LAP-BAND System can be removed at any time, in some cases laparoscopically
  • Stomach and other anatomy typically return to their original state/functions