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LAP-BAND Surgery

Obesity is a medical condition that poses very real threats to your physical, mental, and emotional health but it is treatable.

The doctors within Tijuana Bariatrics' preferred provider network offer LAP-BAND® surgery to help you take control of your weight.

So what makes the LAP-BAND procedure in Tijuana, Mexico, a good weight loss option?

How Does LAP-BAND Work?

The LAP-BAND system is a gastric banding procedure designed to significantly reduce your stomach's capacity to hold food. A LAP-BAND is an inflatable silicone ring that is placed around the top portion of the stomach. LAP-BAND placement surgery is a laparoscopic procedure, meaning the surgeon can place the band by making only a few small incisions and inserting a surgical camera and precise surgical tools. 

The LAP-BAND can be inflated or deflated over time to adjust the size of your stomach pouch. When you have less room in your stomach, you will feel fuller faster, which can result in significant weight loss.* 

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Why Patients Come to Tijuana, Mexico for LAP-BAND Treatment


In the United States, LAP-BAND treatment can cost as much as $30,000, making it inaccessible for many patients. With Tijuana Bariatrics, however, LAP-BAND placement costs as little as $5,000.


The bariatric surgeons in the Tijuana Bariatrics preferred provider network are all highly educated and accomplished, and Florence Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, satisfies rigorous U.S. requirements. Additionally, the medical tourism team will arrange for all of your ground transportation to and from San Diego International airport, as well as between the hospital and the hotel, so you will always be in trustworthy hands.


Dr. Fernando Garcia is a recognized leader in bariatrics and serves as a professor of advanced laparoscopy at the University of Tijuana Medical School. The medical professionals overseeing your post-operative care have helped thousands of patients through speedy and safe recoveries after weight loss surgery.


Matthew Davis

November 2019

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Fantastic experience! I’m down 21 pounds in two weeks! I’ve already recommended others and will continue!

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Heather Gibbens

June 2019

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This was the best experience I could have hoped for. The hospital was clean and safe. The staff was amazing, kind, attentive, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend them to anyone considering bariatric surgery.

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LAP-BAND Surgery Coordinated by Tijuana Bariatrics

When you choose to undergo weight loss surgery with Tijuana Bariatrics, you gain access to a network of highly trained and experienced surgeons, a surgical facility that meets all United States safety standards, and a medical tourism package that includes on-ground transportation and hotel arrangements.

LAP-BAND procedures coordinated by Tijuana Bariatrics are performed by Dr. Garcia at Florence Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. 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.

Contact Tijuana Bariatrics Today!

If you are overweight and haven't been able to achieve weight loss through diet and exercise on your own, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery.

To learn more about LAP-BAND surgery or other bariatric procedures available through Tijuana Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, contact us online or call:

(800) 308-3607

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What's Your Body Mass Index?


Tijuana Bariatrics wants all patients to experience the advantages of a healthy body weight, so the practice is happy to coordinate low-BMI LAP-BAND for a range of candidates. 

For many years, LAP-BAND® was only available to obese patients (with a body mass index of 40 or greater). The procedure was eventually extended to patients with a body mass index 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.

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

Of course, your candidacy for LAP-BAND will be based on factors other than just your body mass index. The best way to find out if this procedure is suitable for you is by speaking with a representative from Tijuana Bariatrics who can guide you through the candidacy process.

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LAP-BAND Surgery Timeline

You can expect a straightforward procedure and a swift recovery.
You can expect a straightforward procedure and a swift recovery.


LAP-BAND placement is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be unconscious during the bariatric surgery.


The bariatric surgeon will make a few small incisions in the abdomen through which to insert the LAP-BAND and the surgical tools.


The surgeon will insert a laparoscope, or surgical camera, through the incisions to guide his maneuvers. The gastric band and necessary instruments are then inserted.


The surgeon will place the gastric band around the upper part of your stomach.


The surgeon will fill the band with silicone or saline, constricting it and creating a stomach pouch of the desired size. In some circumstances, it may be advised that you wait to fill the band until the first post-op adjustment.

Close Incisions

Once the band is securely placed, the bariatric surgeon will remove his tools and stitch the incisions shut.

The Recovery Period

Laparoscopic gastric banding procedures have some of the shortest recovery times of any bariatric surgery. Usually, patients can return to work just one week after the weight loss procedure.

When your surgery is coordinated through Tijuana Bariatrics, you will be taken to the luxurious Marriott hotel in Tijuana to recover for the first few days after your procedure. Your recovery will be monitored by medical professionals who will address any complications.

Determine Your Candidacy Contact Tijuana Bariatrics Today

LAP-BAND surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, 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 determine if the LAP-BAND system will work for you or if a different weight loss surgery would be a better fit.

For more information on bariatric care in Tijuana, Mexico, and to find out what procedure might be right for you, contact Tijuana Bariatrics today by filling out an online form or calling:

(800) 308-3607

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LAP-BAND Adjustments: Refining Your Results

Although this procedure is one of the least invasive medical weight loss options, it does require a substantial amount of maintenance over time. To achieve optimal long-term weight loss, the band will require occasional adjustments to account for changes in appetite, to address plateaus in weight loss, or to mitigate potential complications like vomiting.

Adjustments are completed by injecting or removing additional saline or silicone through an access port that is left just under the skin and is connected to the band. The first adjustment usually takes place around two months after the initial bariatric surgery.

For your convenience, Tijuana Bariatrics can provide you with information on an accredited company within the U.S. that performs 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 experiencing outstanding results during their weight loss journey.

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Maintaining Long-Term Weight Loss

Weight loss with gastric banding is a gradual process. Typically, patients can expect to lose between 50 and 60 percent of their excess body weight within two years. Of course, weight loss is never automatic. Patients will need to take several steps on their own in order to achieve the best possible results, including:

Eating a Healthy Diet

Tijuana Bariatrics coordinates with an experienced nutritionist who will provide you with a nutrition plan. This is an important step to ensure your body continues to be properly nourished.

Practicing a Healthy Lifestyle

Once your recovery from weight loss surgery is complete, you should begin a routine of regular exercise and eliminate unhealthy habits like smoking.

Following Doctor's Instructions

After your gastric banding procedure in Tijuana, Mexico, the follow-up care experts coordinating with Tijuana Bariatrics will provide detailed advice regarding follow-up appointments, necessary rest, and other important considerations.


Alicia Garcia


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Had the best experience with the whole staff, everyone was so amazing and took good care of me. I like how everything was super clean and my room was amazing..Glad I made the decision to go with Dr. Garcia, Thank You for everything

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Carrie Sigler


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Amazing. Friendly, personal, family oriented, and smrt as a whip. Great team. You will feel comfortable and be treated like the most important person in the world. Absolutely incredible experience.

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Understanding the Risks of LAP-BAND

As with any surgical procedure, LAP-BAND surgery involves a certain degree of risk. Relative to other bariatric surgeries, the occurrence of surgical complications during the procedure is very low, primarily because the treatment does not involve cutting or reshaping any internal organs. Potential complications during surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • The band slipping out of place
  • Mechanical malfunction

Similarly, post-surgery risks are relatively mild compared to other weight loss surgeries. Side effects that some patients experience after the procedure include:

  • Vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Dehydration
  • Constipation

Working with a reputable and experienced surgeon greatly reduces the chances of complications. The surgeons who coordinate with Tijuana Bariatrics to perform bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, are highly trained in the most modern surgical methods. Patients who coordinate care through Tijuana Bariatrics can experience life-changing weight loss at a fraction of the U.S. price.*

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The network of physicians coordinating with Tijuana Bariatrics performs a wide range of services, including bariatric surgery. By choosing Tijuana Bariatrics, you can experience safe care from a board-certified surgeon in luxury accommodations.

For more information, fill out this online form or call (800) 308-3607 today.

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