Lap Band (Gastric Banding)

The Lap-Band Surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic medical method to get rid of chronic obesity. It involves surgically implanting a device inside the body. The device consists of a hollow silicone band, tubing, and an access port. This procedure takes from 20 to 30 minutes in the operating room and is considered one of the least invasive of the bariatric procedures performed in Mexico.

Lap Band Surgery: When is it performed?

Lap Band Surgery is very effective:

  • If a person is chronically obese for last more than five years.
  • If the obesity is severe
  • Non-surgical weight loss methods did not work
  • Traditional ways and lifestyle changes did not yield any good results

A person who is willing to undergo the surgery must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35, or a BMI of at least 30 with one or more unhealthy physical conditions, or at least 100 pounds over his / her estimated ideal weight.

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Lap Band Surgery in Cancun and in Tijuana, Mexico: How does it work?

During lap band surgery or gastric banding, a band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. This separation physically reduces the size of the stomach to hold very small quantity of food.

The restricted opening between the stomach pouch and the rest of the stomach controls the speed of food that passes from the pouch. This minimizes the amount of food that can be eaten at a time; and also takes more time to digest whatever food you have eaten.

This surgery also gives the option to increase or decrease the pouch size as per your need by inflating or deflating the hollow lap-band; thereby controlling the opening and the speed of food passage.

The passage can be made wider by deflating the lap band. This causes the food to pass more quickly. This adjustment is made possible by adding or removing the fluid inside the hollow lap band through a small button-like part called access port that is placed under the skin in a muscle in the chest wall. This access port is connected to the lap-band by tubing.

Obesity Solutions in Tijuana and Cancun Mexico are world leaders in Gastric Band (lap band) procedures and our surgical team are considered one of the top ten teams in the world for this procedure. Our Chief Surgeon Dr. Sergio Verboonen is not only one of the most qualified lap band surgeons he is also considered one of the most qualified.

Lap Band Surgery: What the results will be?

Lap band surgery either in Cancun or Tijuana will help you lose weight and get rid of chronic obesity. The results are very encouraging. It has been reported that after three years of the surgery the average weight loss was 36% of a patient’s excess weight. About 50% of the person lost at least one fourth of their excess weight and some results have shown the loss of over 75%.

Lap Band Surgery: What are its benefits?

This advance option has many benefits that include:

  • Needs very tiny incisions
  • No changes in intestinal anatomy
  • Procedure is relatively painless
  • Leaves very small scar
  • Requires only a short hospital stay

Lap Band Surgery: Safe Process with Fewer Side Effects

This surgery is very safe and has very minimal mortality risk compared to other obesity surgeries that are more invasive. It does not affect nutritional intake.

It allows for adjustments without another additional surgery. It is very helpful during pregnancy as it allows increase intake size needed for extra nutrition. It also facilitates adjustments suitable to each individual.

The best feature of Lap Band Surgery is that it is reversible. The Gastric Band can be removed any time and stomach generally restores its original shape.

This surgery is very suitable for the people looking for long term weight loss. It maintains over 50 percent of excess weight loss for the five years after surgery.