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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap Band)

General description
Lap band weight loss surgery is a restrictive bariatric surgery procedure that limits the gastric capacity so the patient looses weight because of reduced food intake. All patients who undergo bariatric surgery must be aware of pre and post surgery requirements and be sure to fully understand them.

Bariatric surgery in the form of laparoscopic weight loss banding, is for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 kg/m2+ or those with BMI of 35+ who suffer from obesity-related morbidity.  The age range is from 14 to 65, nevertheless, there can be exceptions to this rule.

Advantages of adjustable gastric banding:
a. Does not alter gastric anatomy much.
b. It is reversible.
c. Technically, it is the fastest option.

Some of its disadvantages are:

a. Requires adjustment for proper functioning.
b. There is no weight loss of more than 70% of excess weight.

Potential complications are:
Gastric perforation
Gastric erosion
Impossibility to produce restriction
Impossibility for placing it.

Technical description
Procedure Weight loss surgery of this type (laparoscopic adjustable gastric band) is a procedure to place a devise around the stomach, through laparoscopic surgery, that has an adjustable band with a valve. In this way, the devise limits the amount of food intake and makes the person feel full sooner. Each time the patient eats more than is allowed, some discomfort will be experienced.

We at Clínica Bíblica Hospital use a Swedish gastric band (Obtech by Johnson & Johnson), the original devise for this technique.

Hospitalization – One night stay is usually required.

Time – Laparoscopic adjustable banding takes between 45 minutes and two hours.



Total cost will vary according to individual needs.


General and laparoscopic surgeons

Dr. Jiménez Ramírez
Dr Quesada Ramírez

Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric surgery)

 • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Lap Band)

 • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (Stomach Stapling)

 • Biliopancreatic deviation

 • Intragastric balloon

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