Gastric Band (Lap Band) Surgery

Our surgeons not only are among the most qualified in the world, they also serve as instructing doctors having trained many of the leading American Surgeons in this field.

  •  Designed for long-term use
  • Can be removed at any time
  •  Exclusive Ortiz Anti-Slip Stitch procedure

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Gastric Band (Lap Band) Surgery

What is Lap Band Surgery?

Lap band (also known as gastric band) surgery is a procedure that helps limit your food intake and makes you feel fuller with less amounts of food. 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.

If you have had difficulty losing weight, then you know how frustrating this can be.

  • You’ve tried weight loss programs, but your weight always bounces back to even higher levels.
  • You don’t have the energy, will power or financial means to implement a full-time fitness routine with professional trainers and nutritionists.
  • Your inability to lose weight is affecting other areas of your life, such as your relationships or career.
  • You’re worried that your weight gain will continue to worsen and potentially cause other serious medical problems.

Sound familiar? It’s not uncommon to feel helpless because of your weight and your inability to do something about it. But that doesn’t mean you should allow it to take over your life.

Here’s a basic overview of how it works:

  • A special band (LAP-BAND®/Realize® Band) is placed around the upper part of your stomach.
  • The band effectively divides your stomach into a small pouch and a larger lower stomach.
  • By creating a small pouch, your stomach is now only able to hold a limited amount of food.
  • The tightness of the band affects how much food you can eat before feeling full.
  • As you begin to feel full, you consume less food and you also feel satisfied for longer periods of time.

The band is implanted using laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery while patients are under anesthesia and it is considered to be a safe and effective way to achieve and maintain a healthier weight without cutting or stapling the stomach.

As patients lose weight, their band fit will change and so periodic adjustments (using a saline solution in the band) keep them on track to meet their weight loss goals.

The gastric band (Lap Band) procedure is especially popular because it is designed for long-term use. As adjustable gastric banding surgery does not permanently change the anatomy of the stomach, the band can also be removed at any time if desired.

At the Obesity Control Center®, our Tijuana weight loss surgeons utilize the exclusive Ortiz Anti-Slip Stitch procedure, named after our lead physician who developed the technique, which ensures greater long-term success for patients.

Obesity Control Center is a leading provider of bariatric procedures, utilizing the latest treatment techniques and technologies to help patients achieve their weight loss goals. In addition to Lap Band surgery, Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Martinez perform gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass in Mexico. They are also pioneers of the revolutionary non-surgical weight loss procedure, Obalon Balloon.

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Lap Band Surgery Explained

Lap Band Surgery Cost

Many patients are surprised to hear that the cost of lap band surgery is less than they thought. Plus, the procedure may be partly or fully covered by your medical insurance or Medicare.

At Obesity Control Center, we do everything we can to help you achieve the new look – and new life – you’ve been dreaming about. Every solution we offer is designed to be affordable, especially when compared to national averages at hospitals across the United States.

We provide additional financing options to patients who require some extra assistance. Through carefully selected third parties, you may be able to finance your procedure with monthly payments that fit your budget.

And, since our surgeons are among the most qualified in the world, we can minimize costs by getting you back on your feet in as little time as possible. The typical length of stay for lap band surgery at Obesity Control Center is just one day at the hospital and one day at a local hotel.

Included in the cost of your surgery at Obesity Control Center:

  • A team of three highly skilled surgeons, including an anesthesiologist
  • All preoperative evaluations
  • Operating room costs
  • Surgical materials used during the procedure
  • Transportation to/from the airport
  • Fill adjustments and follow up care
  • Overnight stay at a local 5-star hotel

The exact cost of lap band surgery will depend on your specific circumstances, so we invite you to call us toll-free at any time to learn more and discuss your options confidentially. We will help you determine the most affordable solution for your situation.

Best Surgeons For Lap Band Surgery

Obesity Control Center is the world leader in lap band surgery and has performed more than 20,000 bariatric (weight loss) procedures for patients who have come to us from all over the globe.

Because of the vast experience of our teams, many leading doctors in our field have even received training and instruction from our surgeons.

Our gastric band surgery is minimally invasive and performed while patients are under anesthesia. We use the Ortiz Anti-Slip Stitch procedure, an exclusive technique developed by our lead physician that ensures greater long-term success.

If you’re ready to start on a path to a new life, contact us today and see for yourself why we are recognized as one of the world leader in obesity control and weight management.

Gastric Band (Lap Band) Post-Procedure Care

Proper nutrition and adjustment of the band is a vital part of your long term success with the Lap Band. Please read through the information below carefully and feel free to contact our office at anytime if you ever have any questions.

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Gastric Band (Lap Band) Adjustments

Correct and sensitive adjustment of the Lap Band is imperative for weight loss and the long-term success of the procedure. Adjustments (also called “fills”) may be performed using an X-ray fluoroscope so that the radiologist may assess the placement of the band, the port and the tubing that runs between the port and the band. The patient is given a small cup of liquid that contains a radio-opaque fluid similar to barium-clear or white. When swallowed, the fluid is clearly shown on X-ray and is watched as it travels down the esophagus and through the restriction caused by the band. The radiologist is then able to see the level of restriction in the band and to assess if there are potential or developing issues of concern.

Gastric Band (Lap Band) Nutrition

Our goal is that you eat about a third of what you used to. Always try to choose good quality foods. The Lap Band decides the quantity, you decide the quality. We want you enjoying food and living life to the fullest by reaching your goal and staying there. Remember, you are not alone. We have a nutritionist to help you and a team of professionals that will be with you every step of the way during your weight loss journey.

Gastric Band Complications

A common occurrence for banded patients is 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 foodstuff.


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