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Gastric Banding

Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery with LAP-BAND®

Gastric banding is a weight loss procedure offered by our Dallas bariatric surgeons at the DFW Bariatric Institute. Adjustable gastric band surgery utilizes The LAP-BAND® System that enables patients to safely and gradually lose weight and improve their health.

How Does the Gastric Band Work?

The LAP-BAND® procedure uses an adjustable silicone band filled with saline to create a smaller stomach chamber that strictly limits the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. Because the smaller chamber fills up quickly during mealtime, individuals feel fuller faster. In addition, the individual’s appetite is curbed for several hours during the slower digestion process. Feelings of fullness and satisfaction enable LAP-BAND® System patients to eat smaller meals, stay fuller longer, lose significant weight, and keep the weight off long-term.

Benefits of Gastric Band Surgery*

  • Significant but gradual weight loss
  • Potential improvement of obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, joint pain, and high cholesterol
  • No internal stapling or rerouting of the digestive tract
  • Increased confidence

Gastric Band Surgery Results

The gastric band is a tool that can help patients overcome cravings, eat less, and develop healthier habits. Long-term success requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. In general, gastric band patients can expect to lose approximately 40% of excess body weight. 1   View our patient gallery of before and after photos and read detailed success stories from actual patients.*

1 Journal of Obesity Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 128451

Weight Loss Success

Gastric Band

Weight Lost: 108 lbs.*

“January 1st, 2011 I decided the quality of my life was going to change because you see, disgust is a very powerful emotion, especially when you have been feeling it over and over again about yourself. After 14 years of gradually putting on weight after what I reasoned to be an obviously acceptable thing to do after losing my son to leukemia, my brother to cancer, and then suddenly losing my husband, Ian, I couldn’t live with the worry on my daughter’s faces anymore especially as they had endured the same losses.” –Patty


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Gastric Band Surgery Recovery

At DFW Bariatric Surgery, gastric banding is performed using laparoscopic techniques, which can minimize scarring and allow for quicker recovery times. After gastric band surgery, patients typically take one week off of work to rest and recover. Patients will be given detailed post-op instructions prior to surgery, including special bariatric dietary guidelines.

LAP-BAND® Fills and Adjustments

The band placed around the upper portion of your stomach during LAP-BAND® System surgery is typically empty for the first four to six weeks, giving the stomach some time to heal and allowing the band to firmly affix itself. Although it is possible to reach your goal weight without ever having the band filled, you will likely need at least one fill at some point while the band is attached to the stomach. Patients will likely need a band fill if they are eating more than a third of their pre-surgery solid food intake and are still feeling hungry. Adjusting, or “filling” the LAP-BAND® is typically a quick, virtually painless procedure that is performed using a fluoroscopy technique with live x-ray.

Can LAP-BAND® Surgery Help Me Lose Weight?

The best way to determine if LAP-BAND® is the right weight loss procedure for you is to schedule a consultation appointment. You may be a candidate for gastric band surgery if you:

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above
  • Struggle to lose weight through diet and exercise alone
  • Are in generally good health
  • Are ready to commit to healthier lifestyle habits

How Much Does LAP-BAND® Surgery Cost?

The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure may be covered by some insurance plans. If your insurance plan does not provide bariatric coverage, or if you choose to have surgery without insurance, we offer a number of affordable options to help you fit gastric band surgery in your budget, including special discount packages and financing plans.

Self-Pay Special Package Price for Lap-Band®: Starting at $14,995

Learn About LAP-BAND® in Dallas

The team at DFW Bariatric Institute is composed of distinguished surgeons who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients in the Dallas area. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a consultation for LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery at one of our conveniently located weight loss clinics in Colleyville, Frisco, or Rockwall, Texas.

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Patient Testimonials

Janet S.

Lost 93 pounds*

"93 pounds later, I have a whole new life. I’ve gone from a size 24 down to 10-12. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. My knees, which were in sad shape before surgery, don’t hurt anymore. I joined a gym and participate in water aerobics and a latin impact aerobics class. My whole life has changed. I have much more confidence in myself and love to be with people."

Erlinda N.

Lost 120 pounds*

“I have experienced incredible changes in my life after losing over 120 lbs with weight loss surgery. I no longer have high blood pressure. I also no longer have sleep apnea or have to use a CPAP machine. I take a yoga class, walk, swim, and have a new passion…golf. I’m having a blast! I’m looking forward to going to a water park for the first time ever and having adventures I never thought possible. I am so happy that I took this life changing step and highly recommend DFW Bariatric Institute.”

Vivian P.

Lost 140 pounds*

“First off….this surgery will give you your life back. It is a total life changing surgery and I feel like I owe DFW Bariatric my life since they restored mine to me. My weight ballooned up to 273 lbs before my surgery. I have successfully lost and maintained a 140 lb weight loss… This is the most amazing journey that anyone could ever take and the DFW Bariatric Institute staff will all be there to hold your hand and lead you down the road to your success.”

Sherrie M.

Lost 110 pounds*

“I am currently 29 years old and weigh 130 lbs. Before surgery I weighed almost 240 lbs…This is the best thing I have done with my life and would do it again today. It changed my life drastically. My surgeon said to me, 'I can do 50% for you and give you the surgery, but the other 50% is up to you. Your eating, your exercise, your total outlook on life make up the other 50%. And what you want from the surgery is what you will get, and the life you will gain.'”

John E.

Lost 90 pounds*

“I went to a seminar and left there with complete ease, feeling like everyone cared about me and my health. On first office visit I was totally impressed…I never felt rushed in the office, and always felt everyone cared. My surgery was completed and I am now down 90 pounds…The biggest part of recovery comes from the encouragement DFW Bariatric gives. Everyone is always positive and takes the time to explain things in a positive way.”

Kathy D.

Lost 161 pounds*

“There are no words to express the amount of change that weight loss surgery has brought to my life. I am a 54 year old female. There were so many things I was unable to do before the surgery that I blamed on age. It wasn’t my age at all, it was the weight. I am 30 again…The day of my surgery, I weighed 299 pounds. Today I weigh 138 and wear a size 6…I feel so good about myself now. The surgery saved my life!”

Brian S.

Lost 130 pounds*

“After losing 130 pounds, I feel like I have a new lease on life. I was able to stop all of my diabetes, high blood pressure, and my cholesterol medicines. I have always had chronic knee problems and now I am able to run three miles per day without any pain. If I had a choice of doing this surgery again or not, I would definitely do it again. I feel that by having the surgery it not only gave me my life back but it also saved my life.”

Lorna Q.

Lost 107 pounds*

"I have lost the astonishing amount of 107 pounds in less than a year. I feel like I have my life back and I am in control again. All my family and friends are always telling me that I look happier than before and they are right, I am much, much happier than before. I have to thank DFW Bariatric and my husband for helping me throughout this very emotional and amazing journey. I do not regret at all having the surgery, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.”

Danielle L.

Lost 154 pounds*

“My outlook on life was so different before having my weight loss surgery. I was taking medicine for diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression, and my back, legs, and shoulders hurt all the time which kept me from sleeping. My start weight was 298 pounds. And I am now 144. I’m no longer on any type of medications. My body is the best shape I have ever been in. I am so happy to be where I am today mentally and physically. With my hard work and dedication and with the aid of DFW Bariatric, I am where I want to be. I trust this team with all my heart.”

Dennis H.

Lost 170 pounds*

“At 365 pounds, I was medicated for high blood pressure, diabetes, joint inflammation, and high cholesterol…I was a living example of morbid obesity. I knew then that it was time to do something with my weight…It was not easy to get through all of the hoops that my health plan demanded, but the DFW Bariatric team helped me every step of the way. Today I weigh 195 pounds and feel great! From the time I left the hospital after surgery I have been free from all prescription medications. I can never thank this team enough for giving me back my life."