Differences in Adjustable Gastric Bands

Around the same time the Lap Band© was being introduced in Europe (1994) another competing LAGB was available overseas called the Swedish Band© from the ObTech Corporation. It was subsequently purchased by Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. renamed the Realize Band© and brought to the United States and approved by the FDA for sale in the United States after a Clinical Trial. The Realize Band© began as a wide band with low pressure and has also undergone modification by performing the band into the shape of the letter “C” so it conforms to the stomach and enlarging the length so its not as tight around some large stomachs.