The Gastric Bands and the Lap Band Procedure

When the Lap Band Surgeon discusses the lap-band Weight Loss Surgery, he will also discuss the lap band surgery cost with the patient. But more important than understanding the lap-band surgery cost, the patient must understand what the lap band is and what is involved in the surgery.

The Band or “belt” is constructed of a silicone material that is placed around the upper part of the stomach during the Lap Band Procedure. This is used to limit food intake. There is a hose or tube that connects the Lap band to a port or “valve”. This port is placed in the fat of the abdominal wall. It is used to inject saline solution into the band to increase or decrease its diameter. This changes the opening of the stomach where food passes through.

Different types of Adjustable Gastric Bands differ in design, shape, smoothness and edges. There are also differences in the way that the Band is placed in the abdominal cavity. They vary in length and after closing it differs from one to another in the way it ties to the stomach (concentric, in triangular manner, or as a clip).

Some of the Adjustable Gastric Bands can be seen by x-ray as opposed to other types of bands. The Port and the way it is connected with the hose differ with each band.  The ports are made of different material and come in different shapes and sizes.

Arturo Rodríguez, MD

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  1. Deanne says:

    How much does it cost?

  2. Katherine Forrest says:

    Where does the saline solution come from? This port I don’t understand is it something that needs to be hooked to a saline bag? This doesn’t sound like something I want to have done if it requires added embarrassment and discomfort.

  3. Hello Katherine,
    The Lap Band Port is placed beneath the fat and is as small as a flat wacht. No one can see it unless using a fluoroscopic machine.The saline is inyected by the doctor to increase food restiction.

  4. Renee says:

    Can you qualify for the lap band if you had weight reduction surgery?

  5. Hello Renne,
    Yes you could qualified, but need to know much more about you and your weight reduction surgery.

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