The Gastric Lap Band was introduced over a decade ago and was becoming very popular until the Gastric Sleeve was introduced. This procedure involves placing a silicone band around the top part of the stomach. The band has a balloon system attached to a port which resides under the abdominal skin. Inflating the balloon with saline allows us to tighten the band allowing less food to pass through, causing people to feel fuller with a smaller amount of food. After the food slowly passes to the rest of the stomach, digestion carries on unchanged from the normal. Weight loss with the Band is more gradual than with other options. The band also does require constant vigilance and maintenance for optimal results. This is the least invasive of all the options and is ideal for patients who don’t want a more invasive or permanent solution.