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Gastric Band and Lap Band in Bakersfield

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Bakersfield is located in the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, California. The city’s name came from Thomas Baker, a lawyer and former colonel in the Ohio militia. Drawn by the California gold rush, he moved to the banks of the Kern River in 1863. Baker’s settlement became known as “Baker’s Field.” It was a stopover for travelers, and by 1870, Bakersfield had a population of 600 and was becoming the principal town in Kern County. It was incorporated as a city in 1873 and became the official Kern County seat in 1874.

Gastric Band and Lap Band Weight Loss Surgery in Bakersfield

Obesity is on the rise in Bakersfield and across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 36.5% of adults in the U.S. are obese. Obesity-related health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer, are among the leading causes of preventable death.

Fortunately, medical help is available for individuals battling obesity. The adjustable gastric band is an option for people who are 50 pounds or more overweight and struggling to reach a healthy weight range. At West Medical in Bakersfield, our top priority is patient care. We are dedicated to providing weight loss treatments focused on substantial and permanent weight loss.

Gastric Band and Lap Band Procedure

The gastric band is a silicone band designed to wrap around the upper portion of the stomach, similar to the way a watch wraps around a wrist. This procedure creates a new, smaller stomach pouch called a “stoma.” The new stomach does not have the capacity of a normal stomach, so your appetite is satisfied with smaller portions, and you feel fuller for longer periods of time.

The result is you consume fewer calories and begin to lose weight. Our patients typically lose weight at a steady, healthy pace of 1 to 3 lbs per week during the first year after surgery.

Our surgeons perform gastric band surgery laparoscopically, a minimally invasive technique that uses smaller incisions for minimal scarring, less downtime, and easier recovery. The surgeon uses a laparoscope – an instrument through which structures in the abdominal cavity can be seen – to perform the procedure through small incisions and ensure that the band is safely and properly secured.

The procedure takes approximately one hour to perform, with a series of one-centimeter incisions to secure the band to your stomach laparoscopically. To ensure your comfort, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

What Is the Lap Band?

The Lap Band is an FDA approved device for gastric band surgery. Clinical trials began in 1995, and the Lap Band was the first adjustable gastric band to be approved by the FDA. The Lap Band procedure is covered by most PPO insurance providers. Use our online form for free insurance verification.

Features of the Lap Band include:

  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure for less scarring and downtime
  • Average patient loses 55% of excess weight within 5 years
  • Covered by most PPO insurance providers
  • Patients typically need 5 to 8 adjustments a year for the first 24 months following surgery
  • Patient support program called My Lap Band Journey
  • First adjustable gastric band to be approved by the FDA

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Lap Band?

The Lap Band is indicated for obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2; or at least 30 kg/m2 and one or more obesity-related life-threatening health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure. If you don’t know your BMI, use our BMI calculator.

To be a good candidate for gastric band surgery, your BMI must have been high for at least 5 years. You must be in generally good health and not overweight because of a related health condition, and must not consume excessive amounts of alcohol.

This surgery is only recommended for adults who have tried and failed with more conservative weight loss methods, such as supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Along with the procedure, you must also make a commitment to significantly change your eating habits for the rest of your life.

Bakersfield Weight Loss Surgeons

Throughout the entire weight loss surgery process, our patients have a direct line to our surgeons and physicians. At West Medical, our bariatric surgeons are directly involved in each patient’s care, including pre-op and post-op care. We offer incomparable, personalized medical services to help you on your journey to reach your weight loss goals.

Adjustable gastric band surgery is a top option for people who are struggling with obesity. It is reversible and less invasive than other procedures, and in many cases, most of the weight loss occurs within the first 12 months after surgery. To learn more about the gastric band and Lap Band procedure, contact us for a consultation with a Bakersfield bariatric surgeon.


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