About The LAP-BAND

California LAP-BAND Surgery

Nearly 100 million adults in the United States are currently considered to be obese. While a more accurate number places around 10 million adults as clinically obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize obesity as a significant problem that requires immediate attention by the public at large and individuals suffering from obesity-related illnesses. The struggle to lose excess weight is universal amongst every walk of life, regardless of age, race or gender. Many consider being overweight an entirely cosmetic concern, but it is a serious medical issue that greatly increases the risk of developing weight-related health conditions. Morbid obesity, usually defined as being more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight, or having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, is associated with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and an increased risk of premature death. Even moderate obesity can promote the occurrence of osteoarthritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallbladder disease, asthma and insulin resistance.

The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band procedure, more commonly known as LAP-BAND surgery, may be right for you if you are experiencing serious health issues related to obesity. The LAP-BAND reduces the size of the stomach, thus lowering the amount of food that can be consumed before feeling full. During the LAP-BAND surgery, the band is fastened around the upper stomach similar to the way a watch forms around a wrist. This band makes a new, smaller stomach pouch that helps limit and control the amount of food that you eat. The pouch has a much smaller capacity that a regular-sized stomach, so it creates a sense of fullness quicker, prompting you to stop eating. The creation of a smaller outlet from the stomach helps delay the emptying process, delaying digestion by slowing the movement of food to your intestines. You stay fuller, longer -- and will no longer be controlled by the need to eat.

This allows for a gradual drop in weight which encourages a steady and productive path to healthy weight loss, averaging 1-3 pounds a week in the first year. Your LAP-BAND is also fully adjustable to make sure that you lose the most amount of weight possible, while ensuring that you get all the nutrition that your body needs to stay healthy.

How Safe Is The LAP-BAND Surgery?

The LAP-BAND procedure is the safest weight loss surgery that you can get, and all of our surgeons are certified as experts by Allergan, the makers of the LAP-BAND® .

LAP-BAND surgery is performed laparoscopically, which results in smaller incisions and reduced scarring. When you go to one of our California LAP-BAND centers for the surgery, you may be there for only 4 to 5 hours, and the actual LAP-BAND procedure usually only takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to perform. You will be put under general anesthesia for the surgery and your LAP-BAND surgeon will make a few small, 1-centimeter incisions in order to place the LAP-BAND around the upper portion of your stomach. The surgeon skillfully uses a small camera called a laparoscope to make sure the band is placed and secured properly.

The LAP-BAND Is Both Adjustable And Reversible

Since the stomach and intestines are never stapled or cut with the LAP-BAND, the procedure is fully reversible if needed. Moreover, the LAP-BAND is adjustable and adjustments allow for a personalized and gradual weight loss program without any surgical procedure. Each LAP-BAND fill or adjustment will allow you to increase or decrease the amount of food that you are able to eat at a meal before feeling full. This personally tailored approach guarantees that you will lose the most weight possible without having to feel hungry and while getting all of the nutrition your body needs.

Do I Qualify For The LAP-BAND in California?

Before considering LAP-BAND Surgery, it is very important to consult a LAP-BAND surgeon in order to find out if the LAP-BAND is right for you. We offer many FREE LAP-BAND seminars around Southern California each month, as well as FREE consultations where you can personally meet with a LAP-BAND Surgeon to answer all of your questions and to tour our facilities. To find a seminar near you or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, call us directly at 1-800-561-9000.

Your personal health is extremely important to us! While the general requirements for the LAP-BAND are listed below, we urge you to fill out our FREE LAP-BAND Evaluation Form to see if your personal battle with weight may qualify you for the procedure.

California LAP-BAND General Requirements

While everyone is different, there are general requirements which apply to the majority of LAP-BAND patients in California.

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40, or a BMI of at least 35 with a life-threatening, weight-related health condition, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure (hypertension) or type 2 diabetes.
  • You have had a high BMI for at least 5 years.
  • You do not drink alcohol in excess.
  • You are in general good health and are not overweight as a result of a related underlying medical condition.
  • You are ready to make a serious decision to engage a healthier lifestyle and will be committed to tackling the rigors of the pre-operative nutritional program.
  • You are willing to abide by your doctor’s orders after surgery. This will include reducing the amount of food that you currently eat and avoiding foods that can cause bloating and stomach discomfort. Your doctor might also prescribe a vitamin and mineral supplement to help you avoid the risk of nutritional deficiencies after getting the lap band. You must be available for ongoing monitoring by your surgeon, as well as regular appointments to adjust the tension of your lap band to maximize your results.

If you are interested in learning more about LAP-BAND surgery in California, please call us at 800-561-9000.