Looking for Lap-Band near you?
Located at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Rancho Cucamonga is only 37 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It is a fast growing metropolitan area but nevertheless remains one of the safest cities in the United States. Money Magazine ranked Rancho Cucamonga 42nd among its top 100 best places to live in 2006. The city’s 4 public high schools all earned the Silver distinction from U.S. News & World Report in 2015 – an award based on lower college readiness granted to only 10.9% of the nation’s high schools.
With its favorable location, warm, Mediterranean climate, and public amenities, Rancho Cucamonga is a great place to live for people of all ages. Sadly, the nationwide obesity epidemic has spread to even the finest cities, affecting the health and quality of life of more than one third of adults in the U.S.
Looking for Lap-Band near you? At West Medical in Rancho Cucamonga, we provide effective medical treatments for men and women with obesity, including gastric band and Lap Band surgery. Our respected bariatric surgeons have the advanced medical technologies, years of training, and extensive collective experience to provide cutting-edge weight loss procedures with the highest quality of comprehensive medical care.
What Is Gastric Band and Lap Band Surgery?
The adjustable gastric band is a small, flexible, inflatable silicone band that is surgically placed around the top portion of the stomach to slow food consumption and treat obesity. The Lap Band was the first adjustable gastric band in the U.S. to be approved by the FDA.
Our bariatric surgeons perform a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure, using small incisions in the abdomen through which surgical instruments and a laparoscope are inserted – a thin tube with a tiny camera that allows the surgeon to view the operative site on a monitor. Patients have faster, easier recoveries and minimal scarring with laparoscopic surgery. There is no cutting or stapling inside the abdomen with the Lap Band procedure.
Placing the gastric band around the upper portion of the stomach creates a small pouch to hold your food, with a small opening into the lower part of the stomach. Food in the upper pouch empties slowly into the larger, lower part of the stomach. After the procedure, you will feel full with only a small amount of food, which helps you eat smaller portions, consumer fewer calories, and lose weight.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Band and Lap Band Surgery?
Weight loss surgery, including gastric band and Lap Band, may be recommended for obese men and women who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise. If you are carrying 50 lbs or more of excess weight, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with a physician at our facility.
To determine if bariatric surgery is appropriate for you, our doctors will consider a number of factors, including your general health, nutrition, weight loss history, and motivation. To meet the general requirements for Lap Band surgery in California, you must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40; or a BMI greater than 30 and a life-threatening obesity-related medical condition
- Have at least 5 years of high BMI
- Not consume excessive amounts of alcohol
- Be in general good health and not overweight because of a related health condition
- Be prepared to follow a nutritional regime and make life-changing decisions for a healthier lifestyle
Benefits of Gastric Band and Lap Band Surgery
A major benefit of gastric band surgery is improvement or resolution of obesity-related health conditions. Research has shown that, for severely obese patients, bariatric surgery reduces risk and improves, or resolves a number of serious conditions, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Fatty liver disease
- Gallbladder disease
If you are 50 lbs or more overweight, gastric band weight loss surgery could help protect and improve your health. Advantages of this procedure include:
- Lap Band surgery typically results in substantial weight loss. The average patient will lose 55% of excess weight within 5 years after surgery.
- The procedure is performed laparoscopically and does not involve resectioning the stomach or rerouting the intestines.
- Gastric banding does not cause malabsorption of nutrients or nutritional deficiencies.
- The gastric band is adjustable to help you lose weight at an ideal, healthy rate.
- Most PPO insurance providers cover the Lap Band.
If you have been struggling with severe obesity for years, our medical team at West Medical in Rancho Cucamonga can help. In a consultation with a knowledgeable physician at our facility, you can find out if you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery and if the Lap Band is the right treatment option for you.