Lap Band in Mexico (Gastric Banding)

Lap-Band®, also known as Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB), is an inflatable silicone ring implanted laparoscopically over the stomach to restrict food intake. Lap Band Surgery is a laparoscopic procedure that can stimulate restrictive weight loss surgery by placing a gastric band around the stomach.

This was once the most common bariatric operation in the United States and Canada. However, the lack of long-term weight loss and its safety concerns has mostly declined its use. Most patients with lap-band have failed to lose weight and have had too many complications. Lap-band could still be a good option for patients who can get after-care support and follow the diet after the procedure.

Undergoing Lap Band in Mexico can save patients thousands of dollars, all while being performed by a certified bariatric surgeon who potentially has equal or more experience than their United States surgeons. All of Mexico Bariatric Center® qualified weight loss surgeons perform brand-name LAP-BAND surgery in a full-service hospital.

Lap Band Surgery in Mexico - Gastric Banding Schematic

Our All-Inclusive Lap Band Package Includes;

  • Private Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital with ICU (1 night)

  • Board Certified Surgeons

  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment

  • 24/7 Surgical Team and Nursing Staff

  • 4.5 Star Hotel (2 nights)

  • Pre-Op + Post-Op Nutrition Program

  • Online Support Group

  • U.S. Surgeon Liaison

  • No Hidden Fees

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Do I Qualify for Lap Band in Mexico?

Use our BMI calculator to instantly determine if you’re a candidate for lap band in Tijuana, Mexico. Our general requirements for procedures:

  • BMI between 30 and 45

  • Willing and able to frequent follow-ups
  • Strongly motivated to make huge lifestyle changes

Why Should I Choose Gastric Banding?

LAP-BAND is a type of bariatric procedure designed for people with the obesity problem, usually with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater with comorbidities, such as type two diabetes, sleep apnea, diabetes, osteoarthritis, GERD, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. Because BMI is not so accurate for everybody, patients who are at least 100 pounds overweight are considered good candidates for gastric banding.

Patients who are severely obese, patients whose BMI is over 45, are not qualified candidates like this the recommendation would be gastric sleeve and RNY gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric banding has been performed over 750,000 times and was the second most popular weight loss surgery in the United States. This procedure is not recommended by MBC surgical teams and mainly is used to revise unsuccessful bariatric operations.

How Gastric Band Works?

Gastric banding surgery is colloquially known by brand names of the implants: Lap-Band System or REALIZE system. Both implants are very similar and use the same surgical method to induce weight loss – restrictive technique.

Gastric banding works by using an implant to restrict the upper portion of the stomach and create a pouch. The band also induces a smaller stomach capacity. The lower size makes patients feel fuller faster, making them reduce their caloric intake.

The LAP-BAND surgery in Mexico is performed laparoscopically (minimally invasive). This allows our surgeons to use multiple small incisions, instead of one large incision. The gastric band has advantages over traditional surgery, including faster healing and less risk to the patient.

Undergoing gastric banding surgery in Mexico can save patients up to $10,000. Band expenses in the United States and Canada will typically range from $15,000 and up.

LAP-BAND® surgery in Tijuana, Mexico costs start at $5,495 at Mexico Bariatric Center which includes all the fees associated with the surgery – including hotel (excludes airfare, if needed). Learn about the cost of gastric banding if you have no insurance.

Starts at $5,795 $5,495*

Benefits of Lap Band Surgery

  • Gastric banding does not change the digestive tract
  • The band is adjustable allowing your surgeon or physician to alter the tightness of the band
  • Gastric banding is reversible
  • Asthma/Breathing Issues
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • High Cholesterol
  • Infertility/PCOS Syndrome
  • GERD and Acid Reflux
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Back and Joint Pain

Duration and Recovery of Lap Band

The Adjustable Gastric Band is performed laparoscopically and it takes about 1 to 1.5 hours from start to end. The actual operation takes about 30 min to 45 min, depending on the surgeon’s skills and experience. The patient is required to stay in the hospital for one night, however, to ensure fewer complications, MBC keeps the bypass patients 1 night in the hospital.

Is Lap Band Surgery Dangerous?

Many of our surgeons do not recommend (nor perform), gastric banding surgery because of too many complications, risks.

Possible difficulties with Gastric Banding include:

  • Band Erosion
  • Band Slippage
  • Poor Weight Loss

Gastric Banding is, however, used to rescue other surgeries like failed RNY Gastric Bypass.

Lap Band Side Effects

  • Minor Side Effects: Body aches, feeling tired, feeling cold, dry skin, hair thinning and hair loss, mood changes[4]
  • Severe Side Effects: Pneumonia, Blood Clots, and Gallstones

Lap Band Complications

  • Short-Term: Bleeding, Leakage (rate of .8%[5])
  • Near-Term: Stomach Obstruction, Stricture, or Abdominal Abscess
  • Long-Term: Delayed Leak, Malnutrition

* Prices are subject to change. Not valid on blackout dates. Prices depend on surgeon, surgery, additional fees, and schedule. Prices may rise because of BMI level and previous abdominal surgeries.

** All of the testimonials are covered in our disclaimers. Individuals results will vary; there is no guarantee stated nor implied.

Last Updated: January 28, 2020 by Ron Elli, Ph.D.