The LAP-BAND® and what comes next?

What is the LAP-BAND®?

The LAP-BAND® is a small, adjustable, flexible stomach band that limits the amount of food intake and therefore leads to significant weight loss over time.  The advantage of the band is that it is usually performed laparoscopically (with the help of small cameras and minimal incisions), does not involve any stomach or intestinal stapling or re-routing and it is reversible.

Who is a candidate?

FDA just recently voted in favor of expanding the use of the LAP-BAND®.  The proposal would lower the LAP-BAND® requirement to a BMI of 35 or higher, or as low as 30 with one related health problem.

Here is a picture of one of our acutal patients who has lost 118 lbs so far.










Click on the picture to read Kym’s story

How does the process work?

At Surgical Arts of the Inland Empire, we work closely with a bariatric surgeon, nutritionist and other health care professionals to help our patients through the whole process.  The patient is evaluated by our bariatric surgeon who educates them about their options.  Most PPO insurances may cover the procedure.  The surgery takes about an hour and performed on an outpatient basis.

The success of the procedure is dependent on appropriate adjustment of the band as well as lifestyle modifications.  Usually on average, patients lose about a pound per week.

What’s Next?

I see many patients that have lost significant amount of weight either by diet and exercise, the LAP-BAND® or bypass procedure on a weekly basis.  They have transformed their lives and are healthier but still feel trapped in the old body because of the excess loose skin left in the tummy, arms, breast or thighs.

We address their concerns by tailoring a treatment plan specific to the problem areas.  The most common procedures for post-massive weight loss patients are: Tummy Tucks, Body Lifts, Arm Lifts, Breast Lifts and Thigh Lifts.

Learn more about post eeight loss body contouring.

You can call us at 909-579-3111 for more information or to see if your insurance may cover any of these procedures.  Surgical Arts of the Inland Empire is our fully accredited surgical center located at 8680 Monroe Court, Suite 100, Rancho Cucamonga.