LAP-BAND Surgery in Beverly Hills
The LAP-BAND Procedure
The lap-band system for weight loss is a procedure available at our Beverly Hills facility to qualified patients who seek intervention for serious obesity. The lap band — more correctly called the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band — is a leading surgical procedure, rivaling the gastric bypass in popularity in the United States. Worldwide, it is one of the leading weight loss surgeries.
The lap-band is a "restrictive" procedure. This means it works by limiting the amount of food you can eat before you are full. Using laparoscopic tools, which are slim instruments inserted into small incisions in the abdomen, the lap band system surgeon places a ring around a section of the stomach, connected by a thin tube to a port placed beneath the skin. Through this port, the doctor can inject or withdraw saline, inflating or deflating the band. When the band is properly inflated, it creates a "pouch" that fills up with food much quicker than the entire stomach does, enabling the patient to eat less.
Lap Band Candidates
To receive the lap band system, patients must have a body mass index of 40 or higher, which corresponds to about 100 pounds of excess fat. However, the lap band may be given to a patient with a BMI of 30 or higher who has other conditions related to obesity, such as diabetes.
The patient must also demonstrate that previous weight loss efforts have been unsuccessful before getting the lap band system. Being mentally prepared for the diet changes and importance of physical activity is important, as well.
Recovery after Lap Band Surgery in Beverly Hills
Because the lap band system surgery does not involve a large incision in the abdomen, it is considered less invasive and recovery time is usually much shorter than for some other surgeries. Patients are usually home in a day or so, and are back at work about a week after surgery. Full physical activity resumes more gradually, over a few weeks; likewise, the diet after surgery begins with liquids, and gradually builds back up to solid foods. You will return to the medical office for follow-up visits, during which the band will be checked for proper adjustment.
Diet and Nutrition after the Lap Band
After the lap band, patients can only eat a little food at a time. This means that they eat several small meals a day, rather than large ones. It also means that certain nutrients must be prioritized to avoid deficiencies. Protein is important, as well as foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Sugary and fatty foods, especially beverages, are important to avoid, as they can pass easily through the band, be absorbed quickly by the body, slow or prevent weight loss, and thwart the whole purpose of getting the lap band.
Lap Band Risks and Complications
Just like with any surgery, there are risks with the lap band. However, because the laparoscopic procedure is not very invasive and the lap band surgeon does not cut or modify the digestive organs, the surgery is generally regarded as quite safe.
Some possible side effects are:
- Band slippage, stomach erosion, or band deflation
- Acid reflux
- Stomach obstruction
- Esophagus stretching
- Nausea, including vomiting
Lap Band System Patient Finance Programs in Beverly Hills
Lap band system cost is considerable. However, there are several ways to finance the surgery. First of all, insurance often covers bariatric surgery for patients who qualify and who go through an approval process. If insurance does not adequately cover surgery, there are multiple ways to finance the procedure. Our Beverly Hills clinic has partnered with a company that specializes in financing for bariatric surgery. Please inquire at our Beverly Hills weight loss office for more details.
Lap Band Surgeon in Beverly Hills
From Beverly Hills and all over the Southland, patients trust our team to provide excellent care and get good results. We would love to invite you to a seminar and to discuss whether you would be a good candidate for the Lap Band. Call (310) 256-2961 to reserve a place.
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LA Bariatrics is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Read More...
Dr. Jeremy Korman
Dr. Jeremy Korman, our medical director is a board certified general surgeon. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Later he completed a fellowship in bariatric surgery. He performed over a 1000 of successful weight loss procedures such as lap band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric imbrication. Read More...
Dr. Mona Misra
Dr. Misra is a bariatric surgery pioneer; she was educated in Canada where she co-founded the Canadian Institute of Bariatric Options. She performed many surgical weight loss procedures including lap band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric imbrication, combination procedures and revisional surgeries. Read More...