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LAP-BAND FAQs

How overweight should I be to consider LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Surgery?

In general, to seriously consider LAP-BAND® surgery, you should be at least 60 – 90 pounds overweight. A better way to determine if LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery is right for you is to measure your Body Mass Index, or BMI. This measurement takes into account your height and weight to determine if you are overweight or not. If your BMI is between 30 and 60, LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery may be right for you.

Is the LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Surgery permanent?

No. The LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery is not a permanent procedure. It is reversible and can also be adjusted. When the LAP-BAND® is removed, the stomach can return to its original size, making it easier to regain the weight lost while the LAP-BAND® was in place.

What are the benefits of the LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Surgery?

Unlike other weight loss surgery options, the LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery is minimally invasive, reversible, adjustable, and offers a faster recovery time. The LAP-BAND® surgery is performed on an out-patient basis, allowing you to return home after the procedure.

Is LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Surgery the same as Gastric Bypass Surgery?

No. LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a silicone band to create a smaller upper-stomach pouch, allowing you to eat less. The LAP-BAND® can be adjusted or removed as needed. Gastric Bypass weight loss surgery is an invasive surgery where the stomach is reduced with cutting or staples. Patients usually have to stay in the hospital for a few days following Gastric Bypass surgery.

Will insurance cover my LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Surgery?

In general, about half of insurance companies will cover the LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery as long as you have a letter of medical necessity, but every insurance plan is different. We will help you determine if LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery is covered by your health insurance. If it is not, we can help you find a self-pay option that fits your budget.

How is the Lap-Band adjusted?

Adjustments are done in the office and take only a few minutes. During the adjustment a needle is placed through the skin into the port to add or remove fluid from the band. Most patients say that adjustments are nearly painless. After a fill you'll be required to stay on a liquid diet for two days, then a soft food diet for the next two days to give your stomach time to adapt to the change. You will be able to resume eating solid food on day five.

How much weight will I lose?

Results vary from patient to patient and your weight loss can depend on several things. Weight loss surgery is not a miracle cure, so the pounds will not come off by themselves. You must be committed to your new eating habits and lifestyle. Starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes should be avoided. Most patients find they lose 5-10 pounds a month, depending on their individual diet and how much they exercise. In general, it is not safe to lose weight too quickly. Remember that your primary goal is to have a weight loss that prevents, improves and/or resolves the health problems associated with obesity.