Obesity is a medical condition that poses very real threats to your physical, mental, and emotional health. The bariatric surgery center of Dr. Fernando Garcia offers a wide variety of medical weight loss options that are designed to bring you hope, health, and happiness. LAP-BAND® surgery is just one of the options that our Tijuana specialists offer to patients who are obese and want to take control over their weight.

The LAP-BAND® system allows you to have complete control over your dietary intake and slows the speed at which your food is digested.

What Is LAP-BAND® Surgery?

The LAP-BAND® system is designed to significantly reduce your stomach's capacity to hold food. You will feel fuller faster and longer; by restricting the quantity of food you are able to eat, you will end up losing a significant amount of weight. The LAP-BAND® system allows you to have complete control over your dietary intake and slows the speed at which your food is digested. This procedure is done laparoscopically and requires 4-5 tiny incisions to be made in your abdomen in order for the adjustable gastric band to be installed. Once the band has been placed and adjusted, your incisions will be carefully closed to minimize scarring and your body will begin to heal. 

What Is an Adjustable Gastric Band?

Lap bandThe laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is an inflatable silicone ring that is placed around the top portion of the stomach. Saline or silicone is used to fill the band, making it constrict or loosen its grip around the upper area of the stomach. Because the band can be modified at any time following treatment, the device can easily be adjusted or even removed altogether. Depending on your case, Dr. Garcia will use one of two types of bands, the LAP-BAND® developed by Allergan or the Realize® Band, to complete your stomach's transformation.

Achieving Desirable Results

The LAP-BAND® system can be adjusted over time to fit your ever changing needs and promote optimal results. There are multiple benefits to undergoing LAP-BAND® surgery at our Tijuana Hospital, including:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Improved health
  • The band is adjustable, which means it can easily be tightened, loosened, or completely removed
  • Lower complication rate because your gastrointestinal track is left intact and untouched
  • Shorter recovery time
  • The procedure takes less than an hour to perform
  • Results are shown over a longer period of time as opposed to other weight loss surgeries or diet and exercise

LAP-BAND® surgery at our Tijuana medical facility is not approved for every individual as it does pose serious risks that could permanently affect your health. To ensure you are an ideal candidate for weight loss surgery you will undergo a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Fernando Garcia and his team. During that time he will be able to better determine if the LAP-BAND® system will work for you or which weight loss surgery method is ideal for each unique case.

Focused on All of Your Needs

Although this procedure is one of the least invasive medical weight loss options, it does require a substantial amount of maintenance overtime. For your convenience we can provide you with information on an accredited company within the U.S. who perform band adjustments for an affordable cost. Typically patients who choose to undergo LAP-BAND® surgery need three to five band modifications in order to continue to see outstanding results during the weight loss journey.