Gastric Band or Lap Band is a least invasive surgery for weight loss and obesity patient.
The procedure involves placing a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon in the center around the top part of the stomach. It creates two compartments of the stomach, with a much smaller top part above the band. A person eats enough food only to fill the top part of the stomach. Over time, after the meal, the food passes through the opening of the band into the rest of the stomach. It makes digestion occur normally. This procedure is adjustable and even reversible.
Who need Gastric Band surgery
Weight loss surgery is an option for obese patients who are unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.
Doctors often use the following body mass index (BMI) measures to identify people who can have benefit from weight-loss surgery. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 25. This procedure is for those who have:
- A BMI of 40 or more. It means a man is 45 kg overweight or a woman is 36 kg over their ideal weight.
- A BMI of 35 or more and a serious medical condition that could improve with weight loss. Some of these conditions are sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Cost of Surgery
In general, the cost of Gastric band surgery varies from $5000 to $9500 depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.