LAP-BAND® System surgery is a popular procedure at our practice that allows patients to get a jump start on their road to a healthier life. Dr. David Kim and Dr. Bridget Holden have transformed the lives of thousands of patients through the LAP-BAND® System, giving them the opportunity to live life again. Together with his caring staff, Dr. Kim makes sure every patient receives the highest level of bariatric surgical care possible, from extensive pre-operative education and preparation to comprehensive follow-up care. It’s no wonder that so many individuals visit his ASMBS-designated “Center of Excellence®” for their weight loss needs.
Before LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Individuals who are interested in undergoing LAP-BAND® System surgery must schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kim or Dr. Holden. During the meeting, our bariatric surgeon will determine whether the patient is a good candidate for LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Band surgery. Only an experienced bariatric surgeon such as Dr. Kim or Dr. Holden can determine whether LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery is right for your specific needs. They may recommend alternative procedures such as gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve resection if you are not a suitable candidate for the LAP-BAND® System.
Dr. Kim or Dr. Holden will discuss the LAP-BAND® System procedure in detail, as well as what the procedure can and cannot accomplish. They will make sure patients maintain reasonable goals and expectations for the procedure. They will also address any questions or concerns the patient has as well as explain other pre-surgery preparations they should consider. Patients will also have the chance to view before-and-after pictures of other individuals who underwent LAP-BAND® System surgery with Dr. Kim and Dr. Holden. Contact the Kim Bariatric Institute today to schedule a consultation.
The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure
During LAP-BAND® System surgery, a saline-filled adjustable gastric band is inserted into the abdominal area laparoscopically and placed over a section of the upper stomach near the esophagus. This creates a smaller stomach pouch that holds less food so the patient feels fuller faster, and the band can be adjusted or removed at any time according to the patient’s needs. The gastric band is fastened into place, and sutures are placed sewing the stomach over the band to keep the lap band in place closed with sutures. A tube connected to the band helps Dr. Kim adjust the amount of saline in it, effectively adjusting its size. This is helpful in regulating the patient’s weight loss rate after surgery. For more information on the LAP-BAND® System, please read our frequently asked questions or contact our practice today.
After LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Because LAP-BAND® System surgery at our practice is performed laparoscopically, recovery is relatively quick compared to other bariatric procedures. Most patients are discharged the same day of surgery and return to work in a few days. Patients are generally happy with the amount of weight they are able to lose with the LAP-BAND® System procedure. Read some testimonials from actual LAP-BAND® System surgery patients at our practice.
In order to experience optimal results, patients must commit to a healthy lifestyle. The LAP-BAND® System is not a miracle cure for morbid obesity. Instead, it is considered one of the first steps on the road to a healthier life. Changes in behavior, diet and nutrition, and physical activity are essential in achieving weight loss. Those who are dedicated to making the necessary lifestyle adjustments can safely lose up to three pounds each week with LAP-BAND® System surgery. An individual’s ultimate weight loss goal can be achieved within two to three years.
Our practice near Fort Worth, Texas provides a comprehensive support program to help LAP-BAND® System patients stay on track for successful weight loss after surgery. We help patients start a new diet and exercise regimen as well as provide continuous emotional support that is necessary in coping with the new lifestyle changes. In addition, our support program also provides lifelong follow-up care, as well as information on post-bariatric body contouring to help ensure the most successful results.
Schedule an Initial Consultation for LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery
Dr. David Kim is a highly trained board-certified bariatric surgeon who has performed thousands of LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band surgery procedures at his bariatric surgery practice. Please contact us to learn how the LAP-BAND® System can benefit you. We provide affordable financing options and work with several insurance companies to help you start your path to a healthier and happier life.