Low-BMI LAP-BAND® Helps a Greater Range of Candidates Shed Unwanted Pounds

LAP-BAND® offers a highly effective method to lose weight and keep it off. By placing the specialized LAP-BAND® device around your stomach, your surgeon can significantly reduce your caloric intake. This bariatric surgery has helped thousands of people shed unwanted pounds. In the past, it was largely restricted for obese patients. At Tijuana Bariatrics, we want all patients to reap the advantages that a healthy body weight provides. We are happy to offer low BMI LAP-BAND® to a range of candidates. Performed at a Tijuana hospital equipped with advanced technology, an experienced surgeons can perform a LAP-BAND® procedure that provides you with safe and lasting weight loss. Contact us today to learn how LAP-BAND® can help you achieve a leaner body and healthier lifestyle.

Tijuana Bariatrics is committed to providing LAP-BAND® to as many patients as possible

What to Expect During the Procedure

woman running along a beach boardwalkLAP-BAND® is a minimally invasive procedure performed with a laparoscope (specialized camera). To begin the procedure, your surgeon will make a few small incisions in your abdomen. Surgical instruments and the laparoscope will be threaded through the incisions. Working off the images projected from the camera, your surgeon will secure the LAP-BAND® around the top portion of your stomach. This device can be adjusted, even after surgery, to ensure that the innovative weight loss system remains highly effective.

As a minimally invasive procedure, you can generally expect your healing period to be short with minimized side effects and discomfort. Many LAP-BAND® patients return to work after a week’s rest, and to their normal activity level in about six weeks.

Low-BMI Surgery

For many years, LAP-BAND® was only available to patients with a BMI of at least 40. This meant the procedure was limited to people who met the highest medical classification of obesity. The procedure was eventually extended to patients with a BMI of 35 (the second medical level of obesity), and individuals who had certain conditions known to improve with weight loss, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Today, people with BMIs that are even lower can undergo LAP-BAND® surgery.

Candidates for Low-BMI LAP-BAND®

Tijuana Bariatrics is committed to providing LAP-BAND® to as many patients as possible. You may be a candidate if:

  • You are overweight
  • You have unsuccessfully tried to lose weight through diet and exercise
  • You are not currently pregnant, or planning to become pregnant soon
  • You do not have certain medical conditions that would make you a poor candidate for surgery, such as heart disease

Your candidacy for LAP-BAND® will be based on factors other than just your BMI. The best way to find out if this procedure is suitable for you is by speaking with one of our representatives who can guide you though the candidacy process.

The Tijuana Bariatrics Difference

Drs. Fernando Garcia has performed more than ten thousand bariatric procedures between them. This experience means they can safely perform procedures on patients who might not be considered candidates at other practices. This high standard of medical care is affordable too. The LAP-BAND® procedure - including surgery, post-operative care, and your travel arrangements (excluding airfare) - can cost as little as $4,650. Choosing Tijuana Bariatrics for your gastric procedure is a sensible and cost-efficient way to reclaim your greatest asset: your health.     

Reach Out to Us Today

It is time to let go of the weight that is holding you back from a healthy and active life. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about the LAP-BAND® procedure and your candidacy.