Preparation for the LAP-BAND®
The LAP-BAND® specialists at SmartShape™ are more than happy to meet with you to discuss the program and procedure. The weight loss experts at SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre are committed to making sure that you feel comfortable and confident in your decision with LAP-BAND®.
Life with LAP-BAND®
Your team of weight loss experts at SmartShape™ will help to encourage a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and a well-balanced diet. A team of physicians, nurses, dieticians, office support, and a psychologist work with you through open and honest communication to help you lose excess weight.
Success and LAP-BAND®
Effective weight loss can help you to feel comfortable and confident, as well as enhance your health long-term. Things like putting on a bathing suit, going for a bike ride or even playing with your kids may have seemed impossible before. Your support team at SmartShape™ will encourage your hard work and determination to drive you to successful weight loss.
Living with LAP-BAND
Success with LAP-BAND
Preparing for LAP-BAND

Are you ready to take control of your life?

A Success with the LAP-BAND® System


You’ve tried all of the traditional weight loss solutions. Over and over again they prove to be costly and ineffective. It can truly be daunting to continuously invest in a product or solution and get excited, only to be let down and right back to where you started. You have made the first step in ending this frustrating cycle by researching the LAP-BAND® Program. The program offers care and support every step of the way and ultimately results in long-term weight loss.

At SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre, the only band we use is the LAP-BAND® System. We pride ourselves in providing our patients with the most widely used and researched band in the world. There are many brands available that promote low prices, but it’s important to keep in mind that often you receive what you pay for. This is your body and your health that’s involved here. You deserve the best, and when your health is involved – why settle for less?


The LAP-BAND® reduces your stomach's capacity, restricting the amount of food you are able to eat at one time.1 That simply means you feel full faster and stay full longer. It’s an effective way to gradually lose weight and keep it off long-term.

Stay Full Longer


The procedure is performed laparoscopically. That basically means that a tiny camera allows the surgeon to see inside your body as he or she performs the procedure.1 Only a few very small incisions are made in the abdomen (about 1.5-2.5 cm each). The band is placed around your stomach using long, thin instruments.

Minimally Invasive


The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis2 and the surgery itself typically takes less than an hour.1 When the procedure is performed in an inpatient setting, the hospital stay is generally less than one day.2 In most cases, you’ll get back to your life in about a week.

Minimally Disruptive


The LAP-BAND® is unique because it is far less invasive than irreversible procedures like Gastric Bypass, where intestines are rerouted to bypass significant digestion3, and Sleeve Gastrectomy, where more than 80% of the stomach is amputated to create a sleeve.1, 2

Less Invasive Than Irreversible Procedures

Effective weight loss with the SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre.

A Solution for Effective Weight Loss

The LAP-BAND® System procedure is an effective, minimally-invasive weight loss solution that offers long-lasting results. By taking the first step with LAP-BAND®, you can end the disappointing cycle of ineffective and costly weight loss solutions. Are you ready to take the first step in your weight loss journey?

With LAP-BAND® you are getting so much more than just a weight loss solution. The complete LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Program includes everything from the minimally-invasive procedure to ongoing care from your personalized team of experts.

SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre takes pride in offering the entire comprehensive LAP-BAND® System as a one-time investment into the health of our patients. Affordable financing options can be explored with your team during consultation. We can also offer you a free insurance check to find out if your insurance company covered the LAP-BAND® Program.

You are worth the investment in your health.

Our team is dedicated to helping you learn about the program and procedure so that you can achieve your weight loss goal. The LAP-BAND® System is available across Canada, find your closest SmartShape™ clinic to get started.

The SmartShape™ Advantage

Learning about the LAP-BAND® Program and the SmartShape Centre is the first step in your weight loss journey. It can be very beneficial to explore your weight loss options so that you truly feel confident and secure with your choice.
Exclusive to the LAP-BAND®
The LAP-BAND® is exclusive to SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centres across Canada. Although it may be higher in price, our patients are provided with a weight loss solution that is effective and safe. We pride ourselves in offering Canadians the best gastric band available.
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Why have thousands of people chosen the LAP-BAND®?9

Slimband (Cousin BioRing®): Single Compartment Design. One size fits all.
Realize® Band (Ethicon): Single Compartment Design. One size fits all.

Slimband (Cousin BioRing®): Less than 2% of all bands used worldwide.
Realize® Band (Ethicon): Only 5% of all bands used worldwide.

Slimband (Cousin BioRing®): Limited Network of Surgeons providing support.
Realize® Band (Ethicon): Limited Network of Surgeons providing support.

Slimband (Cousin BioRing®): Clinical research is limited.
Realize® Band (Ethicon): Clinical research is limited.

Slimband (Cousin BioRing®): Health Canada Approval only.
Realize® Band (Ethicon): Health Canada and FDA approval.

Superior Band Design

The multiple compartment design of the band was created to evenly distribute pressure and reduce the chance of complications.

Of all bands used in adjustable banding procedures and programs worldwide, the LAP-BAND® is the #1 used brand.

Most Trusted Band


Over 850,000 people worldwide have received the LAP-BAND® and have successfully achieved their weight loss goals.9 

Proven Efficacy


A worldwide network of LAP-BAND® surgeons are experts in the procedure and weight loss program, among other healthcare professionals.

Network of Support


Get more information about the LAP-BAND® at SmartShape™

The key to a successful weight loss journey is finding the right clinic and program for you. Our team of LAP-BAND® experts at SmartShape™ are dedicated to providing all patients with quality care.
Most Experienced Surgeons

Experienced Surgeons

#1 Gastric Band
Support from a Superior Team
Complete Aftercare Program

The #1
Gastric Band

SmartShape™ uses only the world’s most widely used gastric band device. The LAP-BAND® is the #1 brand of gastric bands used worldwide.

SmartShape™ provides you with personalized and quality care from a support team of weight loss experts. Your team will provide you with help every step of the way.

Support from a
Superior Team

Your SmartShape™ team of LAP-BAND® experts will provide you with support while encouraging you to live a healthy lifestyle through a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.

A Complete
AfterCare Program

Feeling confident and comfortable with yourself is a great reason to lose weight. The LAP-BAND® System can provide you with the opportunity to live a healthier and happier life.

is the average amount of excess weight that patients kept off 5 years after having the LAP-BAND® System procedure1.

Gastric banding was shown to be less invasive than other weight loss surgeries.6-8

65% of excess weight has been shown to be lost after 1 year and 70% at 2 years2



improve weight-related conditions

Weight loss associated with gastric banding has been shown to improve or lead to remission of serious weight-related conditions3-5.

The LAP-BAND® is authorized for sale by Health Canada.

Authorized Product


Barb lost 150 lbs. with the LAP-BAND®!
She has kept it off and couldn’t be happier.

Get started today and join the hundreds of thousands9 patients like Barb. You too can achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a long-term healthy lifestyle with the LAP-BAND®!


Results may vary.


Stay Full Longer

The LAP-BAND® works by allowing you to feel satisfied with smaller portions of food. The LAP-BAND® is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Signals are sent to the brain, which responds by thinking the entire stomach is full. Even though you’re eating less, you will feel satisfied and no longer hungry.


A small camera navigates through your body to allow the surgeon to see clearly and safely perform the procedure. With a few small incisions around the abdomen, the LAP-BAND® is placed around your stomach using long, thin instruments.

Minimally Invasive Procedure


The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis2 and the surgery itself typically takes less than an hour.1 When the procedure is performed in an inpatient setting, patients typically go home the same day.

Minimally Disruptive


Once placed around the stomach, tubing connects the LAP-BAND® to an access port fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen. This allows the physician to change the size by adding or subtracting saline inside the inner balloon through the access port. This adjustment process helps determine the rate of weight loss. This does not alter the body's anatomy and can be removed.

Adjustable & Reversible

Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information
Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more weight-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
Important: For full safety information please click here, talk with your doctor, or call SmartShape™ at 888-246-2298

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1. Ray James, Ray Shahla. Safety, efficacy, and durability of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in a single surgeon U.S. community practice. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2011.
2. Robert Michaelson, Diane K. Murphy, Todd M. Gross, and Scott M. Whitcup. LAP-BAND® for Lower BMI: 2-Year results from the Multicenter Pivotal Study. Obesity (2013) 21: 1148-1158
3. Dixon John, O’Brien Paul. Health Outcomes of Severely Obese Type 2 Diabetic Subjects 1 Year After Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding. Diabetes Care, Volume 25, Number 2. February 2002.
4. Dixon John, Schachter Linda, O’Brien Paul. Sleep Disturbance and Obesity: Changes Following Surgically Induced Weight Loss. Arch Intern Med/Vol 161. Jan 8, 2001.
5. Dixon John, O’Brien Paul. Gastroesophageal Reflux in Obesity: The Effect of LAP-BAND® Placement. Obesity Surgery. 1999.
6. Hutter Matthew, et al. First Report from the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network: Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy has Morbidity and Effectiveness Positioned Between the Band and the Bypass. September 2001.
7. DeMaria Eric, Pate Virginia, Warthen Michael, Winegar Deborah. Baseline data from American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery-designated Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence using the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 6. 2010.
8. The Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) Consortium. Perioperative Safety in the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery. The New England Journal of Medicine Vol. 361 No. 5. July 30, 2009.
9. Apollo Endosurgery MMO-00220-00.

At SmartShape™, our team of skilled surgeons are experts in the LAP-BAND® and aim to provide you with the best tools necessary to ensure healthy weight loss. 

The only genuine lap-band is the Apollo LAP-BAND® System. SmartShape has it.

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Toronto (Downtown)
67 Scollard Street
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1413 Hurontario Street
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20 Wynford Drive, Suite 103
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2060 Halifax Street
Regina, SK S4P 1T7
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Vancouver, BC V5Z 1C6
7-1291 Jefferson Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2P 1S7
1402-8th Avenue NW, 3rd Floor
Calgary, AB T2N 1B9

Watch the LAP-BAND® Fast Facts Video

Lisa Benrubi made herself a deal: although she had lost 30 pounds by participating in a support program to help manage her type 2 diabetes, she had reached a plateau, no matter what lifestyle adjustments she made. “I decided that I would give myself one more year with the program and that if I hadn’t lost any more weight I would opt for weight loss surgery.” In September 2009, Ms. Benrubi underwent LAP-BAND® surgery, and over the next year, she gradually lost weight and her Type 2 Diabetes went into remission.


lap-band weight loss success

The Mini Gastric Bypass reduces the size of your stomach, restricting the amount you can eat. Next, it reduces the absorption of what food you do eat, by bypassing a portion of your intestines. This dual-stage approach has been shown to be highly effective when combined with changes to eating and lifestyle habits.

Mini Gastric Bypass

Mini Gastric Bypass

Gastric sleeve

The Gastric Sleeve reduces the size of your stomach to the size of a banana. Not only will you eat less but you will also feel full sooner. The food you eat passes through the digestive tract in the usual manner, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body. Digestion and absorption of food and nutrients are not changed.

Gastric Sleeve

The LAP-BAND® System

The LAP-BAND® is placed around the upper stomach, creating a small pouch. As it fills, signals are sent to the brain, which responds by thinking the entire stomach is full. Food moves into the lower, larger part of the stomach at a controlled rate with digestion and absorption unchanged.

LAP-BAND gastric band system

A Full Range of Options at SmartShape™

No one procedure is right for everyone. SmartShape™ is the only Canadian Clinic offering a full range of proven, safe, and effective weight loss options.

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