Lap Band

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Lap band surgery involves placing an inflatable band around the top portion of the stomach, limiting its ability to expand. Because it can't hold as much food before you feel full, you eat less and—if all goes according to plan—lose weight. LEARN MORE ›

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After literary ages, talk w/my primary for two years, finally having initial consultation next Thursday. I'm 350lbs. Told all my life by my Dad I was fat. Did a mental job on me I kept inside. I look at old photos and, darn it, I looked good. Been through Optifast, Weight Watchers, ... READ MORE

Hello. I am 37 years old and I'm overweight. My bmi is 44.6 and I got approved for lap band . My surgery is scheduled for March 23. I wasn't always this size. Believe it or not. I used to be in a 5/6. When I got married in 2001. I went through every size and then stopped at size 18. I have never... READ MORE

I just got my lap band fitted at Dolan Park with the Hospital Group. I had been considering WLS for years however my husband wasn't initially supportive and wanted me to try every other option. I dieted, I went to the gym and even saw a therapist. After watching me struggle he finally... READ MORE

After years of going up and down in weight, and hitting 43yrs old and only 5ft 2in, i took the step to get a lap band fitted to stop me eating so much. No matter what amount of food i have, im never satisfied. I decided to go to the hospital group in Bromsgrove, my surgery was carried out by Dr... READ MORE

I had my LapBand placed at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX by Dr. Jason Johnson on December 6, 2006. I am 5'11" and at the time of my surgery weighed in at 339lbs! I was miserable. I had yo-yo dieted my entire life, going from a normal sized person to huge over and over. When... READ MORE

Had a gastric band 4 days ago and just starting to feel normal. All went well. A bit of discomfort at the beginning but after the pain killers kicked in, I was good. Had procedure done as I weighed 14stone 7lbs and Iam 5ft 2 had tried lots of diets.Hope I lose lots of weight - so far 14st 2lb... READ MORE

Had my op on the 24th Sept woke in lots of pain but that was soon under control, I am disabled so knew my recovery would be slow and painful anyway with nothing to do with the lap band, I am now 2 weeks post op and the pain is a minimum. I've healed really well and have no complaints apart from... READ MORE

I cant seem to stop stuffing my face. I never struggled with weight as I was never interested in food. I have put on 50 lbs in the past few years and I look awful. I'm apprehensive to do this procedure, especially since my doctor routinely preforms imbrication with every surgery. I am... READ MORE

I was over weight my whole life, I had the lap band done and I'm glad I did. My starting weight was 275 pounds. I am now 170 pounds . 40 more pounds to get to my goal. My motivation was definitely my children and being able to live a healthy life for them. If I had to do it over again. I... READ MORE

Growing up, I was the thick girl in my family and among my classmates. My legacy of learned unhealthy eating habits and stress eating caused me to weigh 268 at my highest and on my 5'5" frame gave me a BMI of around 44. Surgery was performed on 11/24/2014 and in 3 months I lost 45 lbs. This is... READ MORE

Lap Band surgery - so far so good! Just coming up on my 2 weeks post surgery and I'm down 24 lbs. and feeling great! I should have started this journey years ago. I'm 46 years old, in good health, 5'5 and started at 235 lbs. I did the "yo-yo" diets for years. Started with Phen-phen in my... READ MORE

I had my lapband placed 2.5 years ago. I have lost 103 pounds so far. I am at goal. I am at a normal BMI, and I am off all of my Blood Pressure Meds. I have not had any problems with my band or my experience.My suggestion is do your research so that you will be prepared for the required... READ MORE

So I started out around 124kgs and as a hypothyroidism mum my life was tainted with obesity, overeating and undereating. Due to my yo yo drastic dieting I had my gallbladder removed at age 24 in that year I lost 7 stones. My husband and I finally tipped the scales over into morbid obesity with... READ MORE

Down 30 pounds so far! No complications... No vomiting, No issues! VERY PLEASED! I was afraid going into this at 238 pounds, but it has changed my life and given me a fresh start... at 208 pounds... I'm on my way to a healthier me! The surgery was Same day surgery, everyone was great to me,... READ MORE

I got the lapband to lose weight and be able to get to a successful goal weight of 200lbs. Im now 3 years later and my lowest was 220 current 235lbs and unable to get any lower.. Lack of motivation fed up with the long process etc. I have lost a maximum of 95 minimum of 80. I want to go to... READ MORE

Per insurance, I had to have 4 consecutive months of nutrition counseling before lapband could be approved. I'm coming up on my last appointment, but not sure if I will be able to pay the $3500 out of pocket. It's been great to hear all of your success stories. I am 34 years old, and I have 4... READ MORE

I swear, after my 30th birthday my metabolism switch got flipped to the "off" position. I had given up on achieving significant weight loss. It just didn't seem possible once I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which makes weight loss difficult. Then I was told I was pre-diabetic.... READ MORE

Was tired of constant Yo-Yo Diets, would take off my weight only to put it back on again. Finally had enough and went to Dr. Terry Simpson. Had my Lap Band in December of 2006 and have kept off my 50 pounds ever since! Dr. Simpson and his staff were great! They take you through every step... READ MORE

I had band fitted April 2006 as I weighed nearly 22 stones and was an English Size 24 at 5ft 4inches I was morbidly obese! I was in hospital for 1 night and then back to hotel for 1 night then fly home. After surgery was in lot of pain, more than I thought, Dr said this was due to strong muscle... READ MORE

I was huge. 243 pounds and 5'8". I was in a terrible marriage and stupidly ate through my misery rather than get out. I had high blood pressure. I wanted to feel like the band gave me just a little help rather than make me throw up like most people did, so I didn't get very much saline injected.... READ MORE

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How much does a Lap Band cost?

The typical cost for a Lap Band ranges from $300-$20,000 with an average cost of $9,550. Costs will vary by surgeon, geographic region and the complexity of the procedure. Cost estimates are based on 86 patient reviews submitted on RealSelf. Learn more