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Lap Band Surgery in Edgewood, Florida

Lap band surgery is a form of stomach surgery for weight loss. It is one option for patients suffering from obesity if they have failed on other therapies. The lap band surgery procedure has some unique advantages over other forms of stomach surgery for weight loss. Lap band procedures require less operating time, less (if any) time spent in hospital and, importantly, the effect of lap band surgery is reversible through lab band removal.

The Lap Band vs Gastric Sleeve

Physicians are sometimes asked to compare the lap band vs gastric sleeve procedures. In the past, the lap band procedure was the most common form of stomach surgery for weight loss. Lap band surgery involves placing an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach. After the patient recovers from surgery, the band is inflated via a port left near the skin. The lap band procedure is routinely performed as laparoscopic surgery and requires a minimum of operating room time and hospitalization. Lap band complications may occur as with any other form of stomach surgery for weight loss.

Because lap band removal has been needed in many patients, the gastric sleeve (lap sleeve gastrectomy) has become a more common type of stomach surgery for weight loss. Before a surgeon can recommend any type of stomach surgery for weight loss, including the lap band procedure, he or she must thoroughly evaluate your medical condition. Factors like a patient's overall health status, the presence or absence of obesity-related conditions such as type II diabetes and past surgical history must be considered. Before any bariatric surgery, including lap band surgery, the patient must commit to a program of diet and exercise. Our office will help with lap band diet and other nutritional counseling.

Surgery Options in Edgewood

Dr. Birkedal is board certified in general surgery and concentrates on weight loss procedures, including the gastric bypass, lap band surgery, and the gastric sleeve or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Routinely, these stomach surgery for weight loss procedures are done using laparoscopic techniques. Laparoscopic technology has made lap band surgery, lap sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass a practical option for many people who would not otherwise consider it. This modern technology has reduced surgical risk, shortened hospital stays, reduced scarring and can return the patient to normal activities faster.

Eligibility Requirement and Dietary Changes

Dr. Birkedal has over 15 years of experience in laparoscopic surgery techniques such as lap band surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and other general surgery procedures. Our concentration on stomach surgery for weight loss reflects the growing concern over obesity and its effects in medical practice. Obesity is far more than a cosmetic issue. It is a significant threat to the health of our patients.

Our practice offers numerous services to patients in Edgewood and throughout the east-central Florida area, including-

  • Lap band surgery or the lap band procedure
  • Lap sleeve gastrectomy or the gastric sleeve
  • Other stomach surgery for weight loss procedures such as the gastric bypass
  • Lap band removal if needed
  • Post-surgery services such as lap band diet counseling
  • Lap band cost: In-office help with determining the cost of lap band surgery and insurance coverage
  • Other general surgery procedures including thyroid surgery, gallbladder surgery, hernia repair and varicose vein treatment

Indications for Lap Band Surgery

Patients who should consider lap band surgery, the gastric bypass or


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the gastric sleeve (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) include those who-

  • Have tried and failed on measures like diet, exercise and behavior modification
  • Have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more
  • Have a BMI of 35 or more plus obesity-related disease like type II diabetes

Cost and Complications of Lap Band Surgery

Our office insurance experts can work with you to determine the out-of-pocket expense (if any) of surgical procedures including lap band surgery and other stomach surgery for weight loss. Insurance coverage will depend on your policy, an insurance company review and the presence of other medical problems.

Lap band complications can include

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sometimes requiring lap band removal
  • Band slippage- the lap band can slip out of place, possibly requiring lap band removal
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Problems accessing the port

Only a qualified, experienced surgeon can judge the appropriateness of the lap band procedure or any other stomach surgery for weight loss. To contact our office, use this link- Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at 386-231-3530 . Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm Coast are all part of the Florida Hospital Network

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