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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 for the Procedure

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.

Investing in Your Health

Bariatric surgery has helped patients improve their confidence, become more active, and improve or eliminate weight-related health conditions. LAP-BAND® surgery can be life-changing, but its high price means many American patients are simply unable to afford the weight loss solution. Fortunately, patients can take advantage of low-cost LAP-BAND® surgery held to the same safety standards as those in the U.S. with procedures coordinated by the Tijuana Bariatric Center

Low-Cost LAP-BAND® Treatment

The cost of the typical LAP-BAND® procedure in the U.S. can range from about $8,700 to $27,000. The average cost of LAP-BAND® surgery is $14,532.

Tijuana Bariatric Center patients are provided quality care held to the same standards of excellence and safety as in the U.S. The cost of LAP-BAND® surgery coordinated by the Tijuana Bariatric Center is $5,000.

Tijuana Bariatric Center patients are provided quality care held to the same standards of excellence and safety as in the U.S. The cost of LAP-BAND® surgery coordinated by the Tijuana Bariatric Center is $5,000. Especially for patients who do not have or are not using their medical insurance, these cost savings are substantial, without compromising safety or quality. Patients can expect to undergo care at a center that is equipped with the latest technology, intensive care units with full certification, and in-house laboratory and radiology departments.

What Is Included?

For the patient’s convenience, treatment cost includes:

  • Ground transportation to and from the San Diego airport
  • Hotel fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Medical fees
  • Pre- and post-operative tests
  • Nourishment
  • Post-operative medication

The Tijuana Bariatric Center coordinates with a bariatric nutritionist who counsels patients on the proper diet to maximize and maintain their weight loss. She is also available to patients after they return home from their surgery for support regarding diet, as well as counseling in obstacles that arise and how to best make their lifestyle changes permanent.

Protecting Your Investment

Patients traveling for medical procedures often have concerns about how to ensure their safety and financial security. For this reason, the Tijuana Bariatric Center offers medical tourism insurance to its patients. This type of insurance provides coverage for up to $5,000 against unforeseen events in the patient’s surgical procedure during his or her stay in Mexico. Patients are responsible for no deductible and no coinsurance. Medical tourism insurance can give patients the peace of mind they need when undergoing a surgical procedure.

Once the patient has undergone bariatric surgery, there are additional costs to consider. Gym memberships can cost between $20 and $150 per month. Healthier foods including quality proteins tend to cost more than less healthy options. With weight loss comes the need to buy new clothes. While fun to acquire, a new wardrobe can be expensive. Once patients start to feel better from the benefits of their weight loss, they may want to go out and spend time with friends, which often includes activities that cost money.

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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