LAP-BAND: The Only Adjustable Weight Loss Procedure
Gastric Band surgery is the only adjustable and reversible obesity surgery. The Health Travel Guides provider network features gastroenterologist surgeons certified by Allergan, makers of the popular LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric banding system.
Allergan reports that more than 300,000 patients have received the LAP-BAND® procedure, a number that is expected to increase exponentially with the recent move by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the BMI requirement for the procedure.
A candidate may now qualify for LAP-BAND® with a BMI of 30 or greater when co-morbidities such as hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes are present.
LAP-BAND® is a laparoscopic surgery which features a lower complication rate than with open or more invasive weight loss surgery such as RNY Gastric Bypass. Less than 1 in 100 gastric band surgery patients are diagnosed with complications, most of which can be treated without admission to hospital.
The LAP-BAND® procedure, which takes just 20 minutes of operative time and one night of hospital stay, reduces stomach capacity through the placement of a hollow silicone band around the stomach; as patients lose weight, restriction of intake is maintained by filling the band through a port located just beneath the skin and invisible to the naked eye.
Average patient weight loss results vary, but most LAP-BAND® patients can expect to lose 50-60% of excess weight loss in the first post-surgical year. Studies consistently show that in addition to weight loss, LAP-BAND® patients can expect other health benefits:
-70-80% of patients with hypertension will be off medications
-Well over 90% of patients with Type II non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus are expected to be off medication.
-Conditions frequently drastically improved or resolved:
- Sleep apnea
- Joint pain
- GERD (gastroesphogeal reflux disease)
- Shortness of breath
The LAP-BAND® medical travel package is all-inclusive:
- All hospital and surgeon fees
- Standard lab work
- 1-2 night hospital stay
- 1 night hotel say if needed
- Round trip ground transportation from airport to hospital
- Pre-surgery consults as requested/needed
- Travel Concierge for you and your traveling companion(s)
- Free medical webinar with medical credit towards procedure
Find out if you're a candidate for LAP-BAND® by filling out the Health Travel Guides online personal medical profile; it takes just 15- 20 minutes, and your results are automatically submitted to a bariatric surgical team for review and response within 48 hours.
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