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Achieve a Healthier Weight with the LAP-BAND® System

Many people are interested in the potential benefits of bariatric surgery, but are concerned about treatment cost or committing to the results of more permanent procedures. The Tijuana Bariatric Center offers the LAP-BAND® system in Tijuana, Mexico, as an affordable and safe way of reaching your weight loss goals. Patients can lose a significant amount of weight.  As your needs change over time, the device is adjusted or even removed.  By choosing Tijuana Bariatric Center, patients can expect to pay a fraction of the cost of surgery in the U.S. For more information about the substantial impact LAP-BAND® surgery can have on your life, reach out to schedule an appointment today.   

What is the LAP-BAND®?

A form of restrictive bariatric surgery, the LAP-BAND® system reduces the stomach’s capacity to store and digest food by physically constricting the stomach with an adjustable band. As a result, your hunger is satisfied faster and for longer amounts of time, enabling you to lose up to 70 percent of your excess weight.

LAP-BAND® system

The LAP-BAND® system consists of an inflatable silicone ring, attached to a thin tube which connects to an external access port. Doctors modify the stomach’s storage capacity by adjusting the amount of saline or silicone in the tube. As more saline or silicone is added, the greater the constriction and the faster a patient will fill up. If necessary, the band can easily be removed altogether. The resulting flexibility allows patients to adjust their results over time. Treatment goals can be met and maintained to complement lifestyle or health changes, while guarding against the development of complications.

Patients often lose up to 70% of their excess weight and may continue shedding weight for up to three years after the procedure.

To accommodate the individual needs of each patient, our doctors provide two types of LAP-BAND®: the Allergan and REALIZE® brands. Though functionally similar, each offers a different range of sizes.

Candidates

It is important to remember that bariatric surgery is usually only recommended when other options fail. The ideal candidates for LAP-BAND® surgery are severely overweight and have not responded to diet or exercise changes. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above, or suffer from a life-threatening problem related to being overweight, the LAP-BAND® may be a helpful solution. Dr. Fernando Garcia can help guide you through the process of deciding which procedure is right for you.

Expected Benefits and Outcomes

The LAP-BAND® offers patients a number of substantial benefits, including:

  • Dramatic weight loss: Patients often lose up to 70% of their excess weight and may continue shedding weight for up to three years after the procedure.
  • Improved health: Significant weight loss often alleviates many weight-related health problems, such as hypertension, symptoms of type 2 diabetes, and obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Minimally invasive: Because this surgery reduces stomach capacity without redirecting or removing any of the digestive tract, LAP-BAND® surgery has a much lower risk of complications than other bariatric procedures.
  • Shorter procedure: As a result of the procedure’s simplicity, patients are typically in and out of the operating room in less than an hour.
  • Reversible effects: If patients are dissatisfied with their results or no longer need the assistance of the LAP-BAND®, the device is easily removed.

In order to maintain their results, patients will work with a nutritionist in the months after their surgery. This enables patients to plan healthy meals with sufficient amounts of vitamins, proteins, and minerals that support weight loss and overall health.

Other Considerations

Although LAP-BAND® surgery can be highly effective, the device does not guarantee weight loss - it is simply a tool to help you reach your goals. Patients need to be prepared for and committed to the exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes necessary to meet those goals. Additionally, the LAP-BAND® typically requires maintenance over time. Many patients need three to five band modifications to reach and maintain their results.

Contact the Practice Today

Weight should not hold anyone back from accomplishing great things. Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center today to learn more about how the LAP-BAND® system can positively impact your life.

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