Lap Band Los Angeles

Bariatric weight loss surgery has become a viable treatment for obesity. Individuals who are obese, who have failed attempted weight loss through dietary restriction and exercise, who are motivated to lose weight, and who have the capacity to be compliant and adhere to medical direction are good candidates for lap band.

“LAP-BAND” has been incorrectly defined as the generic name for any stomach banding procedure. The LAP-BAND® is a registered trademark and the original FDA approved adjustable gastric banding device.  It is safe and effective and a revolutionary technology that reduces the amount of food that your stomach can hold at one time. Plus, you stay full longer and feel full faster, thus resulting in eating less. This reduction of caloric intake, combined with your customized medically managed weight loss diet and proper exercise, will give you the power and the tools that are needed to help you gradually lose weight and keep it off, improving your health and the quality of your life!

The LAP-BAND® is the safest weight loss surgery and the only bariatric weight loss procedure that is adjustable and reversible.

The LAP-BAND® is a medical device that is placed around the upper part of your stomach that results in feeling full sooner and longer. The sensation of fullness stops you from wanting to eat. This outpatient gastric banding procedure is a healthy way for people with a body mass index (BMI) indicating morbid obesity to lose a significant amount of weight and enjoy long term results, including improved health, improved mood, improved self esteem, and improved self image. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, there is no alteration of your anatomy like stomach cutting or stapling. 

As you lose weight with the LAP-BAND®, the sensation of fullness may change and you may require an adjustment. Saline is used to tighten your LAP-BAND® so that the sensation of fullness is at a comfortable level resulting in continuous weight loss.  Sometimes, as with pregnancy, the band needs to be loosened to provide greater nutrition to mother and baby. 

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Lap-Band® 10 IMPORTANT RULES

1. Eat only three small meals a day

The Lap-Band® system creates a small stomach pouch called a stoma that can only hold approximately 2oz or ¼ cup of food. Learning to know how much your stomach pouch can hold comfortably and not exceeding this amount will surely lead to your success. If you try to eat more than this at one time you may become nauseated. 

2. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly

Food can pass through the new stoma only if it has been “chopped” in to very small pieces. Remember to take your time and “Chew, Chew, Chew”

3. Stop eating as soon as you feel full

Once your stomach is full, your body will send signals to the brain that you have eaten enough. It will take time for you to learn how to utilize the Lap-Band® and the way your body will react to food. Try to recognize these feelings and stop eating once you feel full.

4. Do not drink while you are eating

If you drink at mealtimes, the food you have eaten becomes liquid. The Lap-Band® procedure will only work if you eat solid food. Further, drinking liquids can and will help food slide through the restriction. Refraining from liquids will help you keep the feeling of fullness as long as possible.

5. Do not eat between meals

After a meal, do not eat anything until the next meal. Snacking or eating snacks between meals is one of the major reasons for weight loss failure.

6. Eat only good quality foods

With the Lap-Band® in place you should be able to eat only small amounts of food. So the food you eat should be as health as possible. You don’t want to fill your small stomach pouch with food that lacks vitamins and other important nutrients. Meals should be high in protein and vitamins, and consist of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and cereals.

7. Avoid Fibrous Foods

Food such as asparagus that contain high fibers can lead to blocking of the stoma. These types of food are more difficult to chew thoroughly and break in to small pieces.

8. Drink enough fluids during the day

If you lose weight your fat content will drop, thus resulting in waste products. You will need to drink large amounts of liquid in order to urinate and excrete these waste products from your body. Individual needs vary but on average drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.

9. Drink only low-calorie liquids

Drinking liquids high in calories will prohibit weight loss, even if you are eating smaller portions and following your customized diet plan.

10. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day

Physical activity consumes energy and burns calories, thus is as important as any aspect of the Lap-Band® procedure. Exercise in general will help you overall general health. Simple exercise such as walking and swimming and gradually expanding your routine to include more vigorous forms such as cycling, jogging, and aerobics, will help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss.

Lap-Band® 10 IMPORTANT RULES

The Lap-Band® system creates a small stomach pouch called a stoma that can only hold approximately 2oz or ¼ cup of food. Learning to know how much your stomach pouch can hold comfortably and not exceeding this amount will surely lead to your success. If you try to eat more than this at one time you may become nauseated. 

Food can pass through the new stoma only if it has been “chopped” in to very small pieces. Remember to take your time and “Chew, Chew, Chew”

Once your stomach is full, your body will send signals to the brain that you have eaten enough. It will take time for you to learn how to utilize the Lap-Band® and the way your body will react to food. Try to recognize these feelings and stop eating once you feel full.

If you drink at mealtimes, the food you have eaten becomes liquid. The Lap-Band® procedure will only work if you eat solid food. Further, drinking liquids can and will help food slide through the restriction. Refraining from liquids will help you keep the feeling of fullness as long as possible.

After a meal, do not eat anything until the next meal. Snacking or eating snacks between meals is one of the major reasons for weight loss failure.

With the Lap-Band® in place you should be able to eat only small amounts of food. So the food you eat should be as health as possible. You don’t want to fill your small stomach pouch with food that lacks vitamins and other important nutrients. Meals should be high in protein and vitamins, and consist of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and cereals.

Food such as asparagus that contain high fibers can lead to blocking of the stoma. These types of food are more difficult to chew thoroughly and break in to small pieces.

If you lose weight your fat content will drop, thus resulting in waste products. You will need to drink large amounts of liquid in order to urinate and excrete these waste products from your body. Individual needs vary but on average drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.

Drinking liquids high in calories will prohibit weight loss, even if you are eating smaller portions and following your customized diet plan.

Physical activity consumes energy and burns calories, thus is as important as any aspect of the Lap-Band® procedure. Exercise in general will help you overall general health. Simple exercise such as walking and swimming and gradually expanding your routine to include more vigorous forms such as cycling, jogging, and aerobics, will help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss.

OUR SUCCESS STORIES

The #1 selling gastric band worldwide is The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System, with over 750,000 procedures performed since 1994. There are many success stories of people who have used the LAP-BAND® System to achieve significant weight loss and discover a healthier life.

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Our Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program provides three essential aspects of patient care that ensures safe, long term weight loss. Medical management, surgery, and behavioral health care are provided to help you loose a minimum of 50% of your excess body weight, and maintain the weight loss by helping you make life style changes that you can live with. Our staff of dedicated surgeons, physicians, medical psychologists, technicians, nurses, dieticians, and patient coordinators have been specifically trained to help you loose weight and to keep it off. We continue to provide support and quality health care long after your LAP BAND® surgery. The quality of this care establishes our Bariatric Weight Loss Program as the gold standard for outpatient gastric banding surgery.

Have you struggled with weight for a great part of your life? Have you tried multiple diets only to lose weight and gain it all back? We understand that it may seem like a never ending cycle. You are not alone. Studies have shown that traditional diet and exercise weight loss programs will help you lose weight. However these studies show that as much as 2/3 of weight lost is regained within a year and almost all of it within five years.

Do you want to take charge of your health? There are multiple reasons a person can become obese. Genetics, your environment, medications, and metabolic disorders play a role in your weight. But it is not how you got there that matters, it is the next step you take that counts.   

Over 400,000 people have chosen the LAP-BAND® as the right tool to help them take control of their weight, health, and life. But will it work for you? Can LAP-BAND® help with your unique situation?

We will tailor your LAP-BAND® program specifically to your individual needs. Your success will depend on your commitment to following your program guidelines. While the LAP-BAND® is a powerful tool for your success, you must be ready to make life style changes that support your long-term weight loss goals. These include:

  • Following your personalized dietary requirements after surgery
  • Adding exercise to your daily routine
  • Communication with our staff for adjustments and ongoing support.

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The LAP-BAND® is highly effective. An average and realistic amount of weight loss is 1 to 3 pounds per week. These results will last for a many years. Typically individuals loose a minimum of 50% of their excess weight, and often times can achieve results near 100% of their ideal weight. A beneficial aspect of the lap band is the change is progressive. The LAP-BAND® restriction can be increased over a period of time with adjustments. Other fantastic benefits of LAP-BAND® include improved health, improved mood, increased energy, and improved sleep. 

We are dedicated in serving the Los Angeles community for LAP-BAND® procedures. The LAP-BAND® is considered the safest bariatric weight loss procedure. Our staff will provide you with resources documenting the safety of the LAP-BAND® procedure.  It is important to understand that all surgeries do carry a risk. However, more than 400,000 LAP-BAND® procedures have been performed, documented in 600 academic research publications over the past seven years.

The LAP-BAND® procedure is considered by many to be a great alternative for weight loss with less surgical invasion than Gastric Bypass.  There are no stapling or cutting of the stomach wall or the bowel as well as no rerouting of your intestines.  The LAP-BAND® procedure takes approximately 45 minutes and can be safely performed in an outpatient surgery facility, where recovery is just a few hours and no requirement for an overnight stay.

Here is a basic check list to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. A doctor will advise in you detail and go over your status to make sure you are a valid candidate for this procedure.

  • Your BMI is greater than 35
  • You are committed to life style changes
  • You have good coping skills and a willingness to comply with your doctor’s directions
  • You have been significantly overweight for 4 years or more
  • You have no disease or disorder that may have caused your obesity
  • You have attempted medically managed weight loss

Our staff will be available to support you throughout your weight loss journey. Your Lap-Band® will be an important tool for your success and we are here to help you make it part of an even more powerful and permanent solution for your health, appearance, weight, and body composition.

The Lap-Band® is only a tool that you will use for weight loss and better health. What you do after the surgery is what determines real long term success. The Lap-Band® provides the dietary restriction. However, compliance with nutrition requirements, consuming appropriate foods and participation in daily exercise ensures long term success.

Our Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program is different than other bariatric surgery facilities. We first qualify you medically, psychologically, and biochemically to assure that if you are accepted for the Lap-Band® that you are likely to adapt to your new body and a new way of living that helps make your changes permanent. Here are three major behavioral health, clinical nutrition, and exercise services that are available as part of your overall Lap-Band® program, and what differentiates us from other bariatric surgery facilities:

Emotional or stress eating is common among patients who meet the National Institute of Health criteria for bariatric weight loss surgery. Eating behavior is evaluated prior to surgery and, if necessary, becomes part of your follow up program. 

Once the Lap-Band® is placed, your relationship with food and nutrition will change, even if only because the physical constraints intentionally imposed on your esophagus and stomach. We can provide you with training and guidance to help you navigate the need for nutrients and adequate calories through the shoals of old habits and the temptations of sugars and starches. Protein-rich medical foods are an obvious choice. What may be less obvious is that some people are also sensitive to particular proteins; particularly egg, dairy, and nut sources while others may be able to use them without any issues. This is easily identified by lab testing to assure that your supplements and diet support you without unintentionally introducing additional changes. 

After surgery, you will also discover a new set of options for relating to physical activity. As your decreasing body mass reduces strain on your joints and organ systems, it can free up your energy and your willingness to get up and move, build muscle, and change your body appearance. You will be provided with information about the difference between aerobic and anaerobic activity. Most people are surprised to learn how slowly they need to move initially to stay within their aerobic range. If you know how to keep within your aerobic range, you will be able to walk and exercise for considerably longer with more energy, burning more fat, and without the lactic acid buildup that comes from anaerobic activity and causes muscles aches and pains. You will be provided a monitor system where your activity will be recorded and downloaded on our computers in order to better understand your specific activity/weight loss ratios. You will learn what type of exercise builds endurance, burns fat, and what heart rate must be maintained to become physically fit. Remember, long term weight loss is accomplished by caloric restriction and "burning" calories. Both diet and exercise are required for long term results.

We believe the best way to eliminate dysfunctional old habits of diet and exercise is to replace them with more effective and sustainable approaches. By intention, the Lap-Band® is not a lifelong crutch, which means that you will need a dietary plan, a system of accountability, and a resource to answer your questions after the weight comes off. We are available to you on a long-term basis for support and guidance to help you stay on your program and achieve the long-term success that you are seeking.

TESTIMONIALS

"I learned about LAP-BAND® after interviewing a bariatric surgeon about it on our show, and decided that this was the route I wanted to take. I lost the 50 pounds I had been battling since I had my two children and I have kept it off for six years. Compared to work required by constant dieting, I found LAP-BAND® to be a less stressful way to get healthy and down to a weight that makes me feel comfortable and confident on the air and in my personal life."

"I chose LAP-BAND® because I knew it would help me lose weight, change my behaviors, and keep the weight off for the long term. I have lost 120 lbs and I am healthier than ever!"

"Quick service. Easy appointment setting. Great deal on the cost. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Truly the best in the business when it comes to explaining the lap band procedure in Los Angeles and doing it!"