Realize® Band Surgery


Patients who suffer from morbid obesity can achieve safe, effective, and significant weight loss from surgical procedures such as REALIZE® Band surgery. Using an adjustable gastric band to restrict the stomach from taking in too much food – similar to the LAP-BAND® System – the REALIZE® band creates a smaller stomach chamber, which allows for you to feel full after eating less. REALIZE® Band surgery is known for its quicker recovery time when compared with other weight loss surgery procedures. With REALIZE® Band, our bariatric surgeon can help you lose large amounts of weight and reduce the risks of developing severe health problems associated with morbid obesity.

To schedule a consultation for REALIZE® Band Surgery in the Chicago, Illinois area, contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Adjustable gastric banding procedures such as REALIZE® Band surgery are designed to give you an earlier feeling of fullness after eating smaller amounts of food, thereby causing you to lose weight – at a rate of about one to two pounds a week in many cases. The REALIZE® Band, the widest of any adjustable gastric band in use, is attached around the upper portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. The procedure involves no cutting or stapling, and involves less risk of complications than some other surgical weight loss options. The band can be adjusted at any point after surgery to allow more or less food intake, and it can also be removed at any time.

The REALIZE® Band procedure can be performed laparoscopically, a technique using small instruments and small incisions, which typically results in less visible scarring and a quicker recovery time. Our weight loss surgeon will attach the REALIZE® Band around the stomach and create the smaller pouch, and then adjust the level of restriction by adding or subtracting saline through a small port connected to the band. The port is completely invisible, hidden underneath the skin. REALIZE® Band surgery often takes about 30 minutes and is performed using general anesthesia. Patients can typically return home on the day of surgery.

REALIZE® Band Recovery

You can expect some mild pain and discomfort after REALIZE® Band surgery; but this can be managed with medication. Our bariatric surgery team here at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists offers a comprehensive aftercare program designed to monitor the safety and effectiveness of your weight loss. Routine follow-up exams after REALIZE® Band surgery will be scheduled to address any concerns you may have, ensure you are adjusting comfortably to your new diet regimen, and check that the band is working properly.

Schedule a Consultation for REALIZE® Band Surgery

REALIZE® Band surgery has helped thousands of patients across the globe fight morbid obesity and start living healthier lives with slimmer physiques. Please contact our practice for more information, or to schedule a consultation. Also, feel free to attend one of our bariatric surgery seminars to learn more about the weight loss surgery process. We also offer support group sessions covering a variety of topics in which you can meet with others who can offer advice or who may share similar experiences to your own.