In Tijuana and Mexico Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) is purely restrictive weight loss surgery.

Gastric Banding Surgery

In Tijuana and Mexico Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) is purely restrictive weight loss surgery. Restrictive forms of weight loss surgery such as LAGB promote weight loss by limiting food intake and promoting a feeling of fullness (satiety) after meals.

For morbidly obese patients, the dietary modification and lifestyle changes are usually insufficient to induce a significant weight loss that will improve comorbid conditions and have an acceptable impact on the quality of life.

About The Surgery

During laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, two medical devices are implanted into the body. A silicone band is placed around the upper stomach and an injection port is attached to the abdominal wall under the skin.

The port is connected to the gastric band with tubing. The silicone band is lined with an inflatable balloon that can be filled with saline via the access port in order to adjust the size of the stomach opening.

Adding fluid tightens the band and increases weight loss, while removing liquid loosens the band and reduces weight loss.

Most patients are able to have the surgery performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery technique that utilizes special tools inserted through small incisions, rather than cutting open the abdominal wall as in more invasive open surgery.

By performing the adjustable gastric banding surgery laparoscopically, patients heal faster, recover quicker, experience less pain, and get released from the hospital sooner.

Advantages of Gastric Banding

  • Adjustable without additional surgery (fills via access port).
  • Reversible (if gastric band removed stomach returns to normal).
  • Laparoscopic placement (minimally invasive surgery).
  • Stomach is not cut, stapled and reshaped.
  • Pyloric valve (stomach outlet) is kept intact.
  • Intestines are not cut, bypassed, or rerouted.
  • Short hospital stay.
  • Quick recovery.
  • Very low mortality rate.
  • Lack of malabsorption (since part of the intestines are not bypassed).
  • Absence of dumping syndrome.
  • Absence of anemia.
  • Fewer complications than other weight loss surgery procedures.

Weight Loss Results

Compared to non-surgical treatment options for obesity, at least two-thirds of the adjustable gastric banding patients are able to lose at least 50% of their excess weight and keep it off for ten years or longer.

In addition to losing excess weight, the weight loss usually leads to an improvement or resolution of health conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and severe sleep apnea. In fact, gastric band surgery is so effective at treating obesity comorbidities that it is now being prescribed as a primary treatment for these health conditions.