LAP-BAND®

LAP-BAND® surgery in Texas is one of the most widely performed weight loss surgeries, partially because it is often covered by health insurance plans. This procedure is also appealing to many patients because it is:

  • Relatively low risk
  • A short procedure with minimal downtime
  • Completely reversible

If you are ready to begin your weight loss journey, click here to request a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can call Valley Surgical at (956) 630-4161 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

About LAP-BAND

The LAP-BAND is an adjustable silicone band that is placed around the top portion of the stomach, limiting its capacity. This allows the patient to feel full sooner and ultimately eat less. The band is attached to a port which is used to inflate the band at intervals to help with continued weight loss. Saline is injected through the port to tighten the band for further restriction of food intake. This allows for a feeling of fullness despite eating smaller quantities of food. Flexibility is one of the advantages of the LAP-BAND procedure, and makes it a good choice for many of our patients.

Who Is a Candidate?

The requirements for LAP-BAND surgery are the same as for all other bariatric procedures. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 qualify, and those with a BMI of 35 to 39 must have associated medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, reflux or depression. Most insurance companies also require some proof that other attempts at weight loss have been unsuccessful.

LAP-BAND Surgery

Our LAP-BAND surgeons in South Texas perform this procedure laparoscopically, meaning tiny incisions are used to place the LAP-BAND. The band is placed around the top portion of the stomach and held in place with sutures. The outpatient surgery typically takes less than an hour, and patients can recuperate in the comfort of their own home. You will be placed on a liquid diet for a few weeks, gradually transitioning to soft foods and then solid foods.

Patients must modify their eating habits significantly in order for the LAP-BAND procedure to be effective. You will also be counseled about nutritional supplements, behavioral modification, and an exercise program. Bariatric support groups are an excellent resource for help with these concerns. Typically, this procedure results in a loss of 50 to 60 percent of excess body weight within 2 years of the surgery.

At Valley Surgical, we perform LAP-BAND surgery in Texas for patients from Corpus Christi to Nuevo Laredo and throughout the surrounding areas. Our experience and training with this procedure have contributed to our excellent reputation and to the number of success stories we have been a part of.

If you are ready to begin your weight loss journey, click here to request a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can call Valley Surgical at (956) 630-4161 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

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