One of the most popular forms of surgery to combat weight loss is the LAP-BAND® System. LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding is a minimally invasive method of surgically limiting the amount of food you can ingest in order to provide you with an earlier sensation of fullness. The procedure is fully adjustable and reversible, and is performed laparoscopically – a technique which allows for shorter recovery times and minimal scarring. LAP-BAND® System surgery has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has a proven record of success. In fact, the FDA recently approved the procedure for use in patients who have at least a 30 BMI (body mass index), plus one or more serious health conditions related to obesity – such as heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and other conditions. This new approval makes it possible for millions of patients who may not have qualified for LAP-BAND® System surgery in the past to be candidates for the procedure. Board-certified bariatric surgeon David D. Kim, MD has helped over 3,000 people lose significant amounts of weight and completely turn their lives around within one year of having the LAP-BAND® System procedure. Dr Kim’s expertise has also been recognized by the makers of the band, Allergan. He has been chosen among the select few to proctor other surgeons how to perform the operation and manage patients after the surgery. Contact the Live Life Again Center to schedule a consultation for LAP-BAND® System Surgery at our practice serving the Arlington and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas region.
LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding is a restrictive weight loss surgery procedure. It works by attaching an adjustable silicone band around the stomach to form a smaller stomach chamber for food intake. The procedure is designed to help you feel full after much more limited amounts of food, enabling you to lose one to two pounds a week. Unlike other bariatric surgery options, the LAP-BAND® System’s adjustable gastric band can be modified to allow greater or lesser food intake, depending upon your needs.
Patients who have had LAP-BAND® surgery have lost an average of 70 percent of excess weigh over a two-to-three year time-frame. For patients who are morbidly obese (those with a body mass index of 35 or more), results like these have dramatically improved their way of life. Not only does LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding help patients achieve slimmer physiques and a more positive self-image, it also significantly lessens the risk of developing life-threatening conditions brought on by obesity, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Although there are fewer complications associated with LAP-BAND® System surgery, the procedure does carry some degree of risk. However, Dr. David D. Kim has performed thousands of bariatric surgery procedures, and takes every precaution to ensure your safety and success.
Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the LAP-BAND® System does not involve stapling, cutting, or any permanent revisions to the stomach or intestines. Dr. David Kim performs the procedure laparoscopically, which involves the use of small instruments and tiny incisions. This technique leads to a quicker procedure and a more comfortable and rapid recovery. Dr. Kim will place the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band around the upper portion of the stomach and inflate the band with saline. This will ultimately create a smaller stomach chamber, giving you an earlier “full” sensation and one that lasts longer. A small access port is placed under the skin that will allow Dr. Kim to increase or decrease the amount of saline in the band, which will adjust the amount of food you can take in by contracting or expanding the size of the stomach chamber. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and generally takes less than an hour to complete.
Patients are typically able to go home the same day they undergo LAP-BAND® surgery. You can expect a mild degree of pain and discomfort following the procedure; however, this can be alleviated with medication. It is important for patients to understand that there will a significant degree of lifestyle changes that will need to occur after LAP-BAND® System surgery. Diet will be more restricted, and progress will need to be monitored regularly to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. Dr. David Kim offers a comprehensive support and aftercare program that is included for patients who undergo LAP-BAND® System surgery. We provide lifetime follow-up care and access to a variety of services to help you as you undergo these new changes in your life. Dr. Kim also personally administers LAP-BAND® fills for patients who would like adjustments made to the gastric band.
Self Pay Special Package Price for Lap-Band®: Starting at $16,900
The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure may qualify as a medical necessity and be covered under some insurance plans. If this is not the case, or if you are not insured, the Live Life Again Center offers a number of affordable options to help pay for the procedure, including special discount packages and financing plans as low as $354 per month.
Dr. David D. Kim is one of the leading LAP-BAND® System surgeons in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area. Please contact our weight loss surgery center for more information, or to schedule a consultation.