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Lap Band Surgery for Weight Loss

Is Gastric Banding Right for You & Your Weight Loss Journey?

Gastric band surgery such as Lap-Band surgery is one of the least invasive weight loss surgery options.

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Losing weight can be a challenging journey, and it’s disheartening to see little progress despite putting in so much effort. But you’re not alone. In the US, over a million adults struggle with obesity, and the numbers keep rising.

At West Medical, we understand the frustration of constant weight battles, and we’re here to help you. Our goal is to offer effective and sustainable weight loss solutions that not only help you achieve your goals but also improve your overall health and well-being.

One of our most popular weight surgeries is the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB), commonly known as Lap-Band surgery. This minimally invasive option has transformed the lives of countless people struggling with severe obesity, giving them the chance to take control of their journey and create positive change.

If you feel like you’re constantly battling the scale, even after trying every diet and exercise plan out there, we want to help. Today we’re going to guide you through the basics of gastric band surgery – what it is, who is eligible, how long it lasts, and how much weight you can lose from lap band surgery. We’re here to support you every step of the way on your journey, providing the information and guidance you need to make an informed decision.

What Is A Lap Band?

A lap band is a type of surgery that involves placing a small, adjustable silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach. This ring, also known as an adjustable gastric band, creates a small pouch in your stomach which limits the amount of food you can eat at one time. As a result, you will feel full faster and eat smaller portions without feeling hungry.

Here at West Medical, our board-certified bariatric surgeons have performed thousands of lap band procedures, as well as other, more innovative surgeries such as gastric sleeve surgery. 

When it comes to our lap band surgery, we use a medical-grade silicone ring that is durable, long-lasting, and adjustable to meet each patient’s specific needs. The tightness of the gastric band can be adjusted to control the rate of weight loss, providing a flexible and personalized approach to surgery.

Compared to other metabolic and bariatric surgeries, like gastric bypass, lap band surgery is minimally invasive, which means that it involves smaller incisions and causes less trauma to the body. Additionally, the silicone ring can be removed if necessary, making it a reversible weight-loss option.

If you’re struggling with obesity and considering metabolic and bariatric surgery, our experienced surgeons can help determine if the lap band procedure is right for you. Contact Us today and take the first step toward achieving your goals.

Benefits of Lap Band Surgery

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Compared to other weight loss surgeries, lap band surgery is a popular and less invasive procedure that has been proven to be effective in helping people create a new life for themselves. At West Medical, we specialize in this surgery and offer a variety of benefits that make it an attractive option for patients.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider West Medical for this procedure:

Less Invasive Than Other Weight Loss Surgeries

It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses small incisions to place the band around the stomach, resulting in smaller scars, less pain, and a faster recovery time compared to other surgeries.

Quick Recovery

Most of our patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days to just a couple of weeks after surgery, which means you won’t have to take a lot of time off work or away from your busy schedule.


One of the biggest advantages is that it’s a reversible procedure. If the band is causing complications or the weight loss is not satisfactory, it can be removed at any time. Additionally, the lap band can be converted to gastric bypass surgery or even gastric sleeve surgery if needed.

Fine-Tuned Weight Loss

The lap band is adjustable, which means you can fine-tune your weight loss to achieve your desired results. Our experienced bariatric surgeons will work with you to determine the optimal level of restriction needed to achieve your desired values.

Permanent Weight Loss Solution

Unlike fad diets and pills that provide temporary results, lap band surgery provides a permanent solution to obesity. The band is designed to stay in your body forever and helps you maintain a healthy weight over the long term.

At West Medical, we understand that losing weight is a journey, and we are committed to helping our patients achieve their desires in a safe and supportive environment. With this surgery, you can improve your overall health, boost your confidence, and enhance your quality of life.

How Long Do Lap Bands Last?

Lap bands are designed to be a long-term solution for weight loss, and they can last for many years if properly maintained. In fact, some people have had their lap bands for over a decade.

The lifespan of a lap band can vary depending on several factors, such as your goals, commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and the quality of aftercare you receive. Regular follow-up appointments with your bariatric surgeon are essential to ensure the lap band is functioning properly and to make any necessary adjustments.

At West Medical, a reputable provider of bariatric surgery, we offer comprehensive aftercare programs to help you maintain the longevity of your lap band. We provide ongoing support and guidance to ensure that you’re able to make the necessary lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.

Additionally, we use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that your lap band is implanted properly and safely. Our experienced surgeons have performed numerous lap band procedures, and we have a high success rate of patients achieving their objective with this surgery.

At West Medical, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve long-term success with lap band surgery.

What Is The Minimum Weight for Lap Band Surgery?

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When it comes to gastric band surgery, we understand that making the decision to pursue weight loss surgery can be daunting. However, it’s important to know that this bariatric procedure can be a powerful tool in helping you improve your overall health and quality of life.

If you are struggling with excess weight, gastric band surgery may be an effective option. Here are some factors to consider when deciding if it is right for you:


The ideal candidate has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. However, individuals with a BMI of 27 or higher who also have an obesity-related health condition like high blood pressure or diabetes may also qualify for the procedure.

Duration of Overweight

It is typically recommended for individuals who have been struggling with excess body weight for several years.

Weight Loss Attempts

If your previous attempts to lose weight through diet and exercise have been unsuccessful, this surgery may be an option for you.

Obesity-Related Health Conditions

If you have other health conditions that are related to your excess weight, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes, gastric band surgery may be recommended to improve these conditions.

Commitment to Lifestyle Changes

This surgery requires a significant commitment to lifestyle changes, including dietary modifications and regular exercise. Candidates must be willing to make these changes to ensure the long-term success of the lap band procedure.

Alcohol Consumption

Individuals who drink alcohol in excess may not be good candidates.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines and each individual’s situation is unique. Our team of medical professionals at West Medical will work with you to evaluate your eligibility for surgery and create a personalized treatment plan.

We understand that weight loss can be a challenging journey, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our comprehensive program includes not only surgery but also pre and post-operative education, nutritional counseling, and ongoing support to help you achieve long-term success.

At West Medical, we are committed to providing compassionate care and exceptional results. Our highly skilled surgeons and medical staff use the latest techniques and technologies to ensure the safest and most effective outcomes for our patients.

How Much Weight Can You Lose With A Lap Band?

G band surgery is designed to help people who have struggled with their weight for years and have been unable to lose weight through traditional methods. It’s an effective tool that can help you lose weight and improve your overall health.

That said, results vary depending on each person’s individual circumstances. However, on average, people can expect to lose anywhere from 30% to 50% of their excess body weight in the first year after surgery.

Additionally, one of the great things about this surgery is that it’s adjustable. This means that if you’re not seeing the results you desire, the adjustable gastric band can be tightened to help you lose more weight. Similarly, if you’re losing weight too quickly, the gastric band can be loosened to ensure that you’re losing weight at a healthy pace.

At West Medical, we understand that every patient has a unique journey. We recognize that weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all solution and that everyone loses weight at their own pace. That’s why we take a compassionate and individualized approach to each patient’s care. 

Our team, of highly trained healthcare professionals, will take the time to understand your specific needs and goals and work with you to create a personalized plan that works for you. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for our patients to achieve long-term success. 

Whether you have excess body weight or suffer from obesity-related health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, our adjustable gastric band procedure can help you achieve your desired results. With our personalized approach, we can help you lose weight and improve your overall health and well-being.

What Are The Negatives?

Over the years, lap band surgery has been a popular option for those struggling with excess weight. However, due to the high rates of long-term complications associated with the procedure, such as slippage and erosion, and the lack of expertise among some surgeons, there has been a decline in its popularity.

Despite this, gastric band surgery can still be a viable option for those looking to lose weight. At West Medical, we understand the concerns regarding the lap band procedure, and we have taken steps to provide safe and effective care for our patients.

Our experienced lap band surgeons have performed thousands of successful procedures, and they are highly trained to identify and address potential complications that may arise during or after the procedure. We use the latest lap band technology, innovative techniques, and the safest equipment available to ensure our patients receive the best possible outcome.

At West Medical, we don’t just focus on the surgery itself. We also provide personalized post-surgery care and regular follow-ups to ensure our patients achieve their long-term goals.

Our commitment to utilizing the latest technology and innovative techniques has allowed us to minimize the risk of complications and maximize patient success. With years of experience and a reputation for excellence, West Medical is a trusted leader in lap band surgery.

Choosing West Medical means choosing the safest and most effective gastric band surgery option available. We take the time to educate our patients on all available options and work with them to determine the best course of action for their individual needs.

Don’t let excess weight continue to hinder your life. Put your trust in West Medical for safe, effective, and compassionate care to help you achieve your goals.

How Long Does Lap Band Surgery Last?

Luckily, this surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that typically takes only 30-60 minutes to complete, meaning you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier you in no time.

During this surgery, here’s what you can expect:

  • Our skilled bariatric surgeons make a few small incisions in your abdomen during the lap band procedure.
  • A medical-grade band is then placed around the upper part of your stomach.
  • This creates a small pouch with a narrow opening leading to the larger, lower part of the stomach.
  • The band reduces the amount of food you can eat, leading to weight loss.

While you may experience some soreness or discomfort after the surgery, most people can resume their normal activities within a few days.

Following the lap band procedure, you’ll need to adhere to a specialized diet plan that includes soft foods for a certain amount of time. However, under the guidance of our expert team, you’ll be back to eating regular foods again! We’ll make sure to give you all the specific instructions you need to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

The lap band is adjustable, so our doctors can loosen or tighten it as needed to help you achieve your desired results. And if you do reach your goals and want the gastric band removed, our team can safely perform the procedure.

At West Medical, we’re dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized care to our patients. We’ll be with you every step of the way on your journey, from the initial free consultation to post-operative follow-up appointments. 

West Medical: Your Trusted Partner for Safe & Effective Lap Band Surgery


We understand how disheartening it can be to carry excess weight, which can impact not only your physical health but also your emotional well-being. But the good news is that you don’t have to go it alone.

At West Medical, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your goals with safe, effective, and compassionate solutions, including lap band surgery. With our experienced surgeons, innovative technology, and personalized care, you’ll have the support you need to succeed.

We know that being overweight can present unique challenges, and our team is committed to addressing them with personalized care and support every step of the way. From your initial free consultation to your post-surgery follow-ups, we’ll be there to answer your questions and concerns, making sure you have everything you need to succeed.

When you choose West Medical for gastric band surgery, you’re not just choosing a weight loss procedure. You’re choosing a team of compassionate experts who understand the obstacles you face and are dedicated to helping you overcome them.

We also understand that cost can be a concern, and that’s why we work with a variety of PPO insurance plans to make surgery more affordable. We believe that cost should never be a barrier to achieving your goals, and we’ll work with you to find a financial solution that fits your budget.

Don’t let excess body weight hold you back any longer. Take the first step towards a brighter future by scheduling a free consultation with us today. Together, we’ll help you achieve lasting weight loss and renewed confidence, so you can live your best life.

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