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Lap band surgery

Diagram of lap band procedure or laparoscopic adjustable banding utilizing a bandHow lap band surgery helps people lose weight

Laparoscopic adjustable banding, or the lap band procedure, utilizes a band, a “belt” with a balloon on the inside. It is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small “pouch.” The band works by restricting intake and makes you feel full after eating only a small amount of food. There is no removing or re-positioning of the intestines, though having laparoscopic adjustable banding surgery means that the band must be adjusted on a regular basis to be successful. The band is put in “empty” and is progressively tightened to increase restriction and allow for more weight loss.

There are two different types of bands available today. The LAP-BAND ® has been used in the United States since 2001. The REALIZE ® Band was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2007.



What to expect with the band after laparoscopic band surgery

Almost all patients who have had laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedures are able to go home the same day. After getting the band, we ask you to stay on a liquid diet for three weeks after surgery. This allows the band to set into place. Remember, we will plan on starting your adjustments around three weeks after surgery.

Adjustments or “fills” are done every three to four weeks after your operation until you achieve the right fit. This may be a moving target because the stomach can shrink as a person starts to lose weight. The stomach may also get used to a certain level of tightness, so what seems tight at two months may feel loose at six months.

It is critically important that you honor your commitment to yourself and the band and keep those monthly appointments. After the first year, we are usually able to space these out once you have developed a relationship with your band. We expect our band patients to be involved in medical weight loss concurrently. A lap band procedure is NOT a metabolic surgery and requires maximum participation in our program to achieve what we consider outstanding results. If you would like to learn more about lap band surgery in San Antonio with renowned bariatric surgeons at BMI of Texas, please call us to learn about your options.

Once the most popular weight loss surgery in San Antonio, lap band surgery is being performed less and less. There are many reasons for this. Data has shown that the revision and reoperation rate can be as high as 40 percent in some studies. At BMI, we have not seen this high rate of complications; however, we feel that patients need to be informed of this data when they make the choice of what type of weight loss surgery they want to have.

At BMI of Texas, we feel our surgeons offer the best lap band surgery San Antonio has to offer. Our patients have had wonderful success with adjustable gastric banding procedures in San Antonio. We would love to share their stories with you using our Media Center, as well as show you what a real LAP-BAND ® and REALIZE ® Band procedure looks like!  Click here to watch Dr. Duperier perform a land band fill.

If you would like more information or have more questions about gastric banding in San Antonio, please contact us today or watch a free seminar!

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Our Vision

Redefining healthcare by creating meaningful relationships and experiences with our patients and the community in order to overcome obesity and metabolic disease fostering improved health and a better quality of life.

If you are like most people, you are probably extremely frustrated and tired of dealing with excess weight. You have probably tried every diet out there and perhaps had some success but just have not been able to achieve long term success. Our comprehensive program will give you the tools you need to lose the weight you want and to keep it off.

Because every patient is unique, we strive to design a customized program to meet the needs of each individual. Having the expertise of an Obesity Medicine Specialist, Dr. Jenny Seger, we have the unique opportunity to provide more complete weight management and wellness services than those which are available in other practices.

Our Mission

BMI of Texas exists to provide innovative and comprehensive medical and surgical care to patients with obesity and metabolic disease. We are dedicated to creating an enduring partnership with patients in order to ensure their long-term success. We are committed to providing such care in a supportive, compassionate, and guilt-free environment.

When it comes to Texas obesity surgery, it is our goal to not only help you achieve your weight loss goals but to improve your overall health and quality of life. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to a healthier you!