Adjustable gastric banding is one of the most common weight loss procedures but requires the use of an implant. In the United States, only two implants are FDA approved: REALIZE Band and Lap-Band System.
Are there differences?
There are very slight differences between Lap-Band to REALIZE. Both accomplish the same goal and functions in very similar ways. Most surgeons say that the differences are subtle, and the use on one or another is based on the surgeon’s preference.
REALIZE Band vs. Lap-Band System: Table Comparison
|Company||Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., part of Johnson & Johnson||Allergan, Inc.|
|Origin/First Version||Developed in Sweden in 1985.||Developed in Belgium in 1993.|
|U.S. FDA Approval Date||September 2007 (Approved in Europe Before US approval)||June 2001|
|US Clinical Trials||Started in 2003||Started in 1995|
|Patient Use||100,000 Worldwide Patients||650,000 Worldwide Patients|
|Band Versions||Two U.S. versions ||Three generations with continual improvements |
|Adjustability||One size for both Realize Band and Realize Band-C, fully adjustable||Two sizes, fully adjustable|
|Average Adjustments||Five to Eight in 2 years||4 First Year, 2 Second and Third Year|
|Recall||Had a Recall In 2010.||None Known.|
|Results||At 3 Years ||At 1 Year |
Lap-Band system is an implant from Allergan Corporation. Lap-Band system is one of the most popular procedures and is widely known in the media.
REALIZE Band System
REALIZE Band, is an implant from the Ethicon Endo-Surgery, part of Johnson & Johnson Company. The REALIZE Band had FDA approval in 2007 and since has been implanted in over 100,000 patients. However, the REALIZE band was approved in Europe long before and has a track record of success.