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Lap Band Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lap Band Surgery?

Lap band surgery is a weight loss surgery option that involves placing an adjustable gastric band around the upper portion of a patient’s stomach. This procedure restricts the amount of food the stomach can contain, because it restricts the size of the stomach. It also increases the amount of time it takes for food to pass to the intestines.

Is there an age limit for Lap-Band surgery?

Our guidelines are that patients should be at least 18 years of age. Individuals over the age of 65 will be considered on an individual basis.
You should be at least 18 years of age. Those over the age of 65 will be considered on an individual basis.
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Is the Lap-Band® surgery safe?

Yes. The Lap-Band® procedure is considered the least invasive bariatric surgery available — offering fewer complications, less pain, less scarring, and a quicker recovery than any other form of obesity surgery. However, you should discuss this directly with your surgeon.
Don't worry The LAP-BAND procedure is considered However, you should discuss this directly with Dr.Philip, who is our consultant. In lap band surgery less pain, less scarring and a quicker recovery.
Yes, absolutely. The LAP-BAND procedure is considered as the safest weight loss surgery procedure available, offering very few complications and a quicker recovery than any other form of surgery.
Yes, absolutely. The LAP-BAND procedure is considered as the safest weight loss surgery procedure available, offering very few complications and a quicker recovery than any other form of surgery. 4. Is this surgery performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques? The LAP-BAND procedure is performed laparoscopically. The cameras and instruments we use offer superior visibility and access for precise dissection of tissues and associated blood vessels. ...

Is Lap-Band surgery permanent?

Yes. You should not consider removing the band, as you probably will re-gain your weight.

Is lap band surgery reversible?

Yes, because the stomach is not cut or stapled, lap band surgery is reversible. To reverse it, we simply remove the silicone band.

What are the benefits of Lap Band surgery?

Patients who have Lap Band surgery realize dramatic weight loss over a one-year to two-year period and experience a reduction or complete elimination of health complications related to obesity, including coronary heart disease , gallbladder disease , high cholesterol levels, hypertension, osteoarthritis , sleep apnea and respiratory problems and Type II diabetes mellitus .

Is there a BMI limit to be considered for Lap-Band surgery?

The benefits of weight loss surgery have been proven for individuals with a BMI of at least 30 with weight related health problems (co morbidities) and for all individuals with a BMI greater than 35. There is no upper limit for BMI, but if patients have a BMI greater than 70 we may suggest some non-surgical options to reduce your weight prior to surgery.

How quickly can I get the LAP-BAND® surgery?

Self-pay patients have about 8 to 14 days from the date of their initial surgical consultation to the date of their surgery. Patients seeking insurance coverage for the procedure, however, generally wait 6 months to a year, between the consultation and their surgery date due to the length of the insurance company's approval process.
Self-pay patients have about 8 days from the date of their initial surgical consultation to the date of their surgery. Patients seeking insurance coverage for the procedure, however, generally wait about 3 weeks between the consultation and their surgery date due to the length of the insurance company's approval process.
Most patients generally wait about 6weeks between the consultation and their surgery date due to the length of the insurance company's approval process and the availability of other specialists.

How do I pay for the LAP-BAND® surgery?

You can either pay for the operation yourself upfront (self-pay), or you can try to get the procedure covered by your health insurance plan. If you decide to self-pay for the surgery, we have several financing options to help you manage the costs (please call our office at (972)716-9991, and we will be happy to give you this information). If you want to have your insurance company pay for the LAP-BAND®, you will need to call our office at (972)716-9991, and we will be more than happy to file your paperwork for you. ...
You can either pay for the operation yourself upfront (self-pay), or you can try to get the procedure covered by your health insurance plan. If you want to have your insurance company pay for the LAP-BAND®, you will need to provide the office with documentation of weight and diet history, etc. Please feel free to contact us to discuss either payment option.
You can either pay for the operation yourself upfront (self-pay), or you can try to get the procedure covered by your health insurance plan. If you decide to self-pay for the surgery, we have several financing options to help you manage the costs (please contact our office , and we will be happy to give you this information). If you want to have your insurance company pay for the LAP-BAND®, you will need contact our office , and we will be more than happy to file your paperwork for you. ...

What are the risk factors in LAP-BAND surgery?

Any gastric operation for obesity is major surgery and carries with it the risks that would go with any complex operation. Athough the LAP-BAND procedure is minmally invasive surgery, it is not without its own risks. Infections can develop around the stomach band or at the site where the reservoir is placed under the skin. In such an event, a patient would be required to stay in the hospital a few extra days for the infection to clear. Bleeding or injury to the spleen, may require conversion to an open procedure. ...

What information is required to qualify as a candidate for LAP-BAND surgery?

You must be between the ages of 18 and 55, and at least 100 pounds overweight, or a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 35 and 40+ to be eligible for this surgery (or a BMI of 35 with significant co-mobidity). You should be in reasonably good health and your health information should include any current or past medical problems. Patients with severe and irreversible medical problems are considered ineligible for this surgical procedure.
You must be age 18 or older (younger patients will be considered on a case-by-case basis), and at minimum 75 lbs. pounds overweight, or with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40+ to be eligible for this surgery (or a BMI of 35+ with significant co-morbidity). You should be in reasonably good health and your health information should include any current or past medical problems. Patients with severe and irreversible medical problems may be considered ineligible for this surgical procedure.

What can I eat after the Lap-Band® surgery?

For the first three weeks you have a liquid diet, which will include yogurt. This is important to allow the band to heal in place.

What are the advantages of Lap-Band Surgery?

With LAP-BAND Surgery there is no stomach cutting or intestinal rerouting. It is reversible, adjustable, and less invasive. The recovery is usually quicker, the hospital stay is usually shorter, and there is a lower chance of malnutrition. LAP-BAND patients do not get dumping syndrome. The Lap-Band procedure also has the lowest complication rate and lowest mortality rate of weight loss surgeries.

Is the Lap-Band® surgery considered minimally invasive?

Yes, the surgery is performed laparoscopically. Generally, five small incisions, about one quarter inch in size each, are made. The benefits of using these minimally invasive methods are that patients experience less pain, easier breathing, minimal scarring and a quicker recovery. The surgery usually is completed within one hour and with minimal blood loss. It is important to understand that as with any surgery, there are risks associated with it. ...

What is the cost of lap band surgery in Mexico?

Many lap band patients have decided to have their surgery done in Mexico, where the cost is about half of what is costs in the US. An average cost of lap band surgery in Mexico is $8000 to $8500. However, there are other factors to consider when traveling out of the country such as pre-op and post-op testing, travel arrangements, and appointments for lap band fills.

What is the cost of lap band surgery?

The average cost of lap band surgery varies from about $15,000 to $20,000 in the United States, including surgery and related expenses.

What is the time process of lap band surgery?

Only 30 - 45 minutes are enough for lap band surgery process.

What are some of the advantages of Lap Band surgery?

9% of type 2 diabetes cases are resolved post operation. There are significant improvements in cholesterol, including a boost in HDL levels. 70.8% of hypertension cases are improved. Patients tend to lose roughly 47% of their excess weight. Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be absorbed fully by the body. Band can be adjusted to increase or decrease restriction via an access port. This is a procedure that can

What are some risks and disadvantages of Lap Band surgery?

The port may leak or twist, requiring an operation to correct the problem. The lack of fullness after eating is a feeling some may not be satisfied with. Dumping syndrome, used as a warning mechanism, does not occur. Band may erode into the stomach wall. Band may move or slip. Weight loss is slower than that following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.

How long does the Lap Band surgery take?

It generally takes Dr. Warnock approximately 1 hour to perform this operation. Hospitalization is usually less than 24 hours.

Can my gastric bypass or LAP-BAND® surgery be reversed in the future?

Gastric bypass surgery cannot be easily reversed. LAP-BAND® surgery, however, is more easily reversible. If necessary, you may undergo surgery to remove, replace, or alter the band.
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