The LAP-BAND® system, being a laparoscopic procedure, means that only tiny incisions are made in the abdomen to perform the surgery. The surgeon will then place an adjustable gastric band that creates a small pouch on the upper portion of your stomach. The surgery typically lasts less than an hour and does not have a lengthy recovery compared to other bariatric procedures . This surgery is also available as a single incision laparoscopic (SILS) option, which is done through the belly button with only one incision with virtually no visible scar. It is a safer bariatric procedure when compared to the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.