Gastric Band / Lap Band

The Gastric Band is a surgical weight loss procedure. There are several banding devices, the most popular being the Lap Band, while another popular in Europe being the Cousin Bioring.
The procedure is most easily understood if you think of it like a big zip-tie, or a belt, that goes around the stomach, and adjusting it to just the right tightness. The result is a small pouch above the restricted area, which quickly fills with food when you eat. The idea is the patient will feel full much sooner when eating. The banding procedure is not well known to reduce production of the hunger hormone known as Ghrelin. Rather it works by reducing your appetite, so you lose your appetite when you realize you cannot eat so fast and need to slow down. The result is a patient who is pretty much forced to consciously think about what they're eating and how fast they're eating it, and hopefully make good choices. The devices have debatable success rates. Some people like it and have success with it, but some patients do return to have it removed, and often opt for the gastric sleeve instead. That type of procedure is called a Lap Band Revision To Sleeve and it's (unfortunately) quite popular with people who decided to get a lap band back before the sleeve was as popular as it is now. The feedback is generally people prefer the sleeve over the lap band. Some people do opt for the band for various reasons, however. You and your doctor can decide what's best for you.

Providers in our network who offer the lap band:
Dr. Mario Almanza offers the Lap Band procedure for $3,749 at HMN Hospital in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Dr. Galileo Villarreal offers the Lap Band surgery near Texas for $5,999 at Hospital de Especialidades in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Dr. Felipe Cantu offers the Lap Band surgery for $5,899 at Christus Muguerza Hospital in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

And Philip Vanden Borre offers the Cousin Bioring banding surgery for 4500€ Euro in Belgium.

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Lap Band Testimonials:

I’m so glad that I had my surgery (11/07/2017)

I have lost 60 pounds now and i am really glad I made the decision to have the lap band surgery. My doctor and all of the staff were great and the other ladies I meet when I was there to get my surgery were the best group of ladies ever. I was so glad to meet everyone. The nurses at the hotel where ... * read more.

My experience with Lapban in Mexico (08/01/2017)

I was once the person looking through all the testimonials and looking at the pictures and wondering should I or shouldn't I do this. I had a wonderful experience in Mexico. I had the Lap-Band procedure done by Dr. Almanza. They are very professional and even with the language barrier most of them c ... * read more.

Lost 35lbs in a month (06/13/2017)

Hi getting the lap band is one of the best decision I've made in my life. I lost 35lbs in a month. After having the surgery I eat very little I'm full after a couple bites of food. I showed my dr. Here in the states my x-ray of my band and he said it was very well placed. The ladies who go surgery w ... * read more.

My weight loss journey (03/16/2017)


1. SEPT 2014 LAP BAND

2 SEPT 2015 LAP BAND CAME OUT DUE TO INFECTION ABSOLUTELY NO FAULT OF ANYONE. SPENT 4 DAYS IN TIJUANA DR ALMANZA AND STAFF DID A GREAT JOB MY UNDERSTANDING IS 1 OUT 25 ARTIFICIAL OBJECTS IN ONE'S BODY BECOME INFECTED NO MATTER WHAT PART OF THE ... * read more.

update (03/15/2017)

weight loss agents and hugo almanza

april 1 will be my one year anniversary date sleeve procedure. many folks in the tampa/fla area are aware i had the bariatric(fat) surgery
i tell everyone it was done in TIJUANA everyone i met on my visits was completely happy with re ... * read more.

Pleased with the results of my Lap Band surgery with Dr. Almanza (08/28/2016)

Hello my name is EUREKA WHITEHALL and i had the Lapband procedure back in April of this year. I weighed in at 223pounds. Its now August 26 and i weigh 190pounds. I'm pleased with my results and the services rendered while in Tijuana Mexico. Dr. Almanza did a wonderful job and was very informative ... * read more.

It's a long hard road, but it's worth it. (08/12/2016)

Let me start off by saying that this procedure saved my life, and I totally recommend it to everyone!
I was about 270 lbs. in April 2016...and today, August 2016, I'm 238 lbs (and still losing). I've gone from a size 52 waist to a 46 in only a few months. My blood pressure and blood sugar number ... * read more.

I'm very happy (04/08/2016)

Don't think about it just do it ... * read more.

I would definitely do it again! (02/23/2016)

I want to start off by saying that if I had it to do all over again I definitely would! I flew in on a Wednesday afternoon, with a friend that was also having the lap band, and we few out the next day. It was a little rushed but that was my fault. My only complaint with the entire process is that t ... * read more.

Should have done it sooner! (02/01/2016)

My results have been incredible. I weighed 180 pounds the day of surgery and now weigh 140 pounds (12 weeks pregnant)!! Total, I lost 48 pounds and the best part... I've been able to get pregnant! Everything was well organized and clean prior to and during surgery. I would (and have) recommended thi ... * read more.

* These are actual testimonials, however, your results may vary. For more information, please read our Testimonial Disclaimer and Risks of Surgery.

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