FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Question: Who is a candidate for the LAP-BAND® System procedure?

Generally, patients with a BMI greater than 33 who have associated medical complications of obesity and who have failed with conservative weight loss methods would be candidates. In addition, patients must be at least 18 years old, a good surgical risk, not pregnant, not on chronic steroids, no history of prior stomach surgery, not addicted to alcohol or drugs and not have any medical condition which caused the obesity. And finally patients must be able and willing to abide by certain dietary and life style changes post-operatively.  Also patients must not have any of the following medical conditions:*

  1. Inflammatory disease of Gastrointestinal tract*
  2. Cirrhosis of the liver (and portal hypertension)*
  3. Pancreatitis*
  4. Any Auto-immune Disease*
  5. certain psychological illnesses**Results may vary and complications are possible with any medical procedure. Please consult your doctor.

Question: Why do we believe the LAP-BAND® System procedure considered to be so much safer than other weight loss surgery procedures?*

There are many reasons as follows:

  1. The LAP-BAND® System procedure has been statistically proven to have significantly less side effects and complications.*
  2. The procedure is easily performed with minimal small incisions laparoscopically and can be performed as an outpatient with a quick recovery time.*
  3. The procedure is reversible and adjustable.*

*Results may vary and complications are possible with any medical procedure. Please consult your doctor.

Question: How effective do we believe the lap band procedure is compared to other surgical weight loss options?

The results after 5 years are almost equivalent to gastric bypass surgery with an average weight loss of 60% of excess weight.  Some patients lose even more weight.*

*Results may vary from person to person. Please consult your doctor.

Question: Is the weight loss that results from the LAP-BAND® System procedure permanent?

Yes, we believe it can be permanent as long as the patient adheres to the necessary dietary restrictions and adopts a life style of regular exercise.*

*Results may vary from person to person. Please consult your doctor.

Question: What is the cost of the lap band procedure if I have no insurance or my insurance does not cover it?

The LAP-BAND® System procedure is much less expensive than other weight loss procedures such as Gastric Bypass.  Since our practice was established as a dedicated center of excellence for the LAP-BAND® System procedure, one of our goals was to make the procedure affordable and also available to all patients who could benefit from the surgery. See cost section of the website for further details).  We want to help patients with an obesity problem achieve a healthier, happier and longer life. Financing is also available.

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