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DR. ORTIZ EXPLAINS OUR LAP BAND ADJUSTMENT SURGERY PHILOSOPHY

Lap-Band Adjustment

The Obesity Control Center is a world leader in gastric band (Lap-Band) surgeries and our surgeons have performed more procedures of this type than anyone else in the world. Our surgeons are not only among the most qualified in the world, they also serve as instructing doctors having trained many of the leading American surgeons in this field.

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LAP-BAND ADJUSTMENTS

An Adjustable Gastric Band is like a balloon wrapped up around your stomach. A gastric band should restrict your eating to about a third of your pre-surgical intake. If you can eat more than a third, you may need a “fill” or adjustment of the band. You must eat only solid foods since the band’s design restricts only solids. If you are eating mostly soft or liquid foods, we cannot evaluate the need for a fill. These foods will easily pass through the band even when adequately restricted. However, after a year, even when following all proper protocols, some patients may not lose weight. They require a small adjustment to “fine-tune” their band to resume weight loss. With over 23,000 procedures and innovative techniques, Obesity Control Center is a world-leader in Lap-Band and bariatric surgery. We are the busiest standalone center of excellence in metabolic and bariatric surgery and this gives us a unique advantage, especially when it comes to the Lap-Band. Lap-Band surgery is an effective medical procedure that has helped countless people get over the enormous hurdle of losing weight.

For many people, losing weight isn’t as simple as starting a new diet or implementing a new exercise routine. All over the world, millions of people struggle to achieve weight loss for a number of reasons, both medical and psychological.

How do I know if I need a Lap-Band adjustment?

It is not the same for everyone. We can only determine a precise fill for each individual at that exact moment in time. Even if your fill volume (1 to 3 milliliters) results in the perfect restriction, this may not be the case months later. Several things determine the right fill, including your weight. The more you weigh, the thicker your stomach is. As you lose weight and your stomach becomes thinner, you may need a tighter adjustment. The adaptation of your esophagus and stomach also plays a role in restriction. Sometimes when air catches in your band (when your band is new), the amount of fill may vary. Thus, the liquid does not slip out, but air will diminish the total fill volume.

Our physicians perform fills under X-ray. This procedure will permit us to visualize the size of the fill and the level of tightness produced when we inflate the band. We do this by accessing the port under the skin with a thin needle. This is a quick and painless procedure. Once the port is accessed, we ask the patient to swallow the liquid barium that shows up under an x-ray. You will marvel at seeing how the barium goes down your esophagus and then stops at the band. You will then see how your upper pouch (new stomach) fills, pauses, then slowly goes through and passes the band. We measure how long it takes the barium to pass. We determine whether we have the correct tightness, giving you the amount of restriction necessary for weight loss. The whole procedure takes only a few minutes.

We will expect you to be on liquids for a couple of days for you and your body to get used to your new fill. Some people will try to eat solid food while driving or flying back home, but the food gets stuck, which then becomes a medical emergency to remove liquid from the band. This means you MUST follow medical orders after a fill.

THE OCC DIFFERENCE

  1. A quarter-century specialized in the weight loss surgery field. We were some of the first to perform bariatric surgical procedures.
  2. Three Master Bariatric Surgeons caring for every patient. You’re always in the hands of a world-renowned and highly-trained surgeon.
  3. Fully accredited as an SRC Center of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. We have also obtained the Golden Seal awarded by the Joint Commission International that signifies that we met the highest standards in patient safety and quality available.
  4. Pioneers in the field, including several registered techniques, patented devices, and many “firsts” in the field like teenage obesity treatments, the Improved Gastric Sleeve, the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve, the Double-Buttress Sewing Technique and more.
  5. Faster recovery and better outcomes. Shorter times under anesthesia and a less-invasive abdominal wall preservation techniques.
  6. Unique patient pre-surgery education and preparation and 5 years follow-up program, an industry first!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for gastric surgery?

Preparation is key for a successful outcome. Additional requirements may be suggested depending on your specific case.

Pre-operative weight loss will detox your liver, making it lighter, and resulting in a quicker, safer weight loss procedure with less impact on your overall status. Even 5% of total body weight loss will result in a dramatic improvement in your ability to respond to surgical stress.

Is getting Lap-Band surgery in Mexico safe?

At OCC, we have over 22,000 patients that have traveled to our center. We are less than half a mile away from the international border to the U.S.A. Tijuana is now the second busiest medical destination for the traveling patient. At OCC, we are glad to be an essential part of this great reputation.

Are there any complications for lap-band?

A common occurrence for banded patients is the regurgitation of non-acidic swallowed food from the upper pouch, commonly known as PB’ing (Productive Burping). This is not to be considered normal. The patient should consider eating less, eating more slowly, or chewing their food more thoroughly. Occasionally, the narrow passage into the larger / lower part of the stomach may become blocked by a large portion of unchewed or unsuitable food.

Schedule your Lap-Band Tightening Procedure Today

Call 1 866-893-8005 or email us here to continue your weight loss journey. One of our US-based coordinators can show you how you can get the life you’ve always wanted with the help of the Obesity Control Center.

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