Gastric Banding, also known as Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) is a surgical weight loss procedure that places an inflatable silicone ring implanted laparoscopically over the stomach. The purpose of gastric banding is to restrict food intake and ultimately reduce weight.

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.

Mexico Bariatric Center offers Gastric Banding in Mexico which can save patients thousands of dollars, all while being performed by a bariatric surgeon who has advanced training and experience than their U.S. counterparts. Each of our qualified weight loss surgeons performs the gastric band surgery in a full-service hospital facility that specializes in bariatrics. Contact our helpful staff to learn more about gastric banding surgery and receive a free quote.

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How Does Adjustable Gastric Banding Work?

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

  • Band Erosion
  • Band Slippage
  • Poor Weight Loss

Gastric Banding is, however, used to rescue other surgeries like Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass through Revision Surgery.

It has been effective in improving comorbidities related to obesity, such as sleep apnea, diabetes, osteoarthritis, GERD, high blood pressure, etc. Gastric banding has been performed over 750,000 times and was the second most popular weight loss surgery in the United States.

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?

To be considered a candidate for gastric banding surgery, patients must meet or exceed a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+. Patients who are at least 80 pounds overweight are considered good candidates for gastric banding surgery. Severely obese individuals with a BMI of 45+ are not qualified candidates and should consider gastric sleeve surgery or gastric bypass surgery.

  • BMI between 30 and 45

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

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Key Features of Gastric Banding

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 facility.

Types of Gastric Banding Devices

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.

With either type of gastric band, you need to be willing and able to make lifelong adjustments in diet, healthy habits, and physical activity/exercise. Healthy eating should begin prior to the pre-op diet. This helps you make sure you are ready to undergo bariatric surgery and you are committed. Without building a proper foundation to successfully lose weight, both lap band and realize band has a higher chance of failure.


Gastric Banding Price from $5,695 - Mexico Bariatric Center

Costs and Pricing of Self-Pay Gastric Banding

Undergoing gastric banding surgery in Mexico can save patients $10,000. Expenses in the United States and Canada will typically range from $15,000 and up. Our costs are consistently below $5,500 and include all the costs associated with the surgery – including hotel (excludes airfare, if needed). Learn about the cost of gastric banding if you have no insurance.

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)!

Starts at $5,995 $5,695*

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. To reduce complications, we keep lap band patients for 2 nights in the hospital instead of 1 night (industry average).

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.