The Lap Band is a small, flexible gastric band that is placed around the upper part of the stomach laparoscopically, using small incisions for minimal scarring and a faster, easier recovery. This procedure is a popular weight loss option with several distinct advantages for adults who are 50 pounds or more overweight.

Interested in Lap-Band near you? Our bariatric surgeons at West Medical in Long Beach are dedicated to providing cutting-edge medical treatments to help patients achieve substantial and permanent weight loss. Our quality care begins with in-depth communication, and we continue to provide compassionate, comprehensive care after your procedure to guide you through your weight loss journey.


The Lap Band is a flexible, silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper portion of the stomach and filled with saline solution on its inner surface to create stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food. The band also controls the outlet between the new, smaller stomach pouch and the rest of the stomach, causing the food to pass through more slowly as it is digested. The result is that you feel full sooner, eat less, and lose weight.

Better still, the Lap Band is adjustable to help determine the rate at which you lose weight. Once it is placed around your stomach, the Lap Band is connected with tubing to an access port beneath the skin of your belly. Our Long Beach surgeon can change the size of the stoma (your new stomach pouch) by adding or removing saline solution through the access port.

If you are not losing weight fast enough, the surgeon can add more saline to further restrict the amount of food the stoma can hold. If there is too much restriction, the surgeon can remove some saline to loosen the band. The diameter of the band is modified to meet your needs, which can change as you continue to shed pounds.


Our surgeons use laparoscopic techniques to perform Lap Band surgery. They make tiny incisions (ports) through which surgical instruments are inserted to perform the procedure. A tiny camera passed through a port allows the surgeon to view the site of the operation on a video monitor.

The Lap Band is placed in a ring around the upper stomach and securely locked. As there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach and the intestines are not rerouted, this procedure is the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries. Since it is performed laparoscopically, there is less post-operative pain and discomfort and less downtime with Lap Band surgery. If the band needs to be removed for any reason in the future, the stomach returns to its original form in most cases.


In comparing weight loss procedures, gastric band and Lap Band surgery has a number of “pros” to offer:

  • Minimal trauma: This is the least invasive bariatric surgery option, with no cutting or stapling of the stomach, no intestinal rerouting, and small incisions for faster, easier recovery and minimal scarring.
  • Fewer side effects: With Lap Band surgery, there is low risk of nutritional deficiencies because of malabsorption and no dumping syndrome (a condition in which the stomach contents move too quickly through the small intestine).
  • Adjustable and reversible: The Lap Band can be adjusted without additional surgery to achieve an ideal weight loss rate. The gastric band is removable at any time and the stomach and anatomy generally return to their original form and function.
  • Effective long-term weight loss: Our patients lose an average of 55% of their excess weight within 5 years after surgery. During the first year after surgery, patients typically shed excess pounds at a steady, healthy rate of 1 to 3 lbs per week.


Located on the Pacific Coast, Long Beach is the second largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The area has a rich and varied history involving a Spanish land grant in the 18th Century. Long Beach has been a seaside resort with a famous beachside amusement zone in the early 1900s, a major oil producer in the 1920s, and home to Douglas Aircraft Company’s largest facility during WW II. The Port of Long Beach is among the world’s largest shipping ports and the second busiest container port in the country.

In Long Beach and across the nation, more people than ever are struggling with obesity and related health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults in the U.S. today are obese.

At West Medical, we understand that diet and exercise alone are not always enough to win the battle against obesity. We provide high quality care in advanced surgical procedures to help our patients achieve substantial weight loss and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Contact us for a consultation to learn more about weight loss treatment in Long Beach.


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