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Lap Band Surgery in Forest Hills, Florida

For those struggling with medical obesity, lap band surgery is just one of the surgical procedures that can help reduce weight. A doctor may recommend stomach surgery for weight loss when a patient has tried unsuccessfully to lose weight after a regimen of diet, exercise and behavior modification.

Doctors also take a patient's body mass index (BMI) into consideration. Candidates for surgery might include patients with a BMI of 35 to 40 that have an obesity related disease, and patients with a BMI 40 and over, with or without 2 chronic diseases.

Dr. Christian Birkedal, a certified general surgeon, works with many patients who consult with him about surgical weight loss procedures. He is skilled in several procedures that help patients to lose the necessary excess weight. These include lapband surgery, gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgeries.

Let's take a close look at lap band surgery.

Lap Band Surgical Procedure

A laparoscopic technique is used to perform a lap band procedure. This minimally invasive surgical technique is also called keyhole surgery. During the procedure, the upper portion of the patient's stomach is 'banded' with an adjustable weight loss band. This band, when inflated, reduces the size of the stomach. Once constricted by the tightening of the weight loss band, the stomach can hold less food than the patient is used to eating.

Eligibility Requirement and Dietary Changes

Lap Band Results

Although results vary, patients who strictly adhere to the lap band diet will reduce food consumption and thereby lose weight. These patients can lose a significant amount of excess weight, up to 50%, and may see an improvement in obesity-related diseases, like type 2 diabetes.

Lap Band Side Effects

Some patients who undergo lap band surgery experience side effects such as difficulty in swallowing and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These are common lap band side effects and are remedied by the removal of the band. Lap band removal serves to avoid lap band complications.

Lap band surgery is a reversible procedure, unlike lap sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass which permanently alter the stomach.

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How Much Does Lap Band Surgery Cost?

Many insurance policies cover some, or all, of the weight loss surgery cost. How much does lap band cost? Our in-office insurance experts help patients determine what, if any, out-of-pocket expenses might be incurred for lap band surgery or for any of the weight loss procedures. Insurance coverage for the cost of lap band surgery typically depends on the patient's policy, an insurance company review, and the presence of any other medical problems.

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Lap Band vs Gastric Sleeve

As noted above, lap band surgery has the advantage of being reversible. However, better long-term results are attained by the two non-reversible laparoscopic procedures, gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass. Which procedure is best for a patient is decided after a thorough clinical analysis is conducted by the surgeon.

In addition to weight loss procedures, Dr. Birkedal also performs general surgery procedures including thyroid, gallbladder, hernia repair and varicose vein treatment. These and other services are offered throughout the east-central Florida area:

  • Weight loss Procedures:
    • Lap band surgery, also called the lap band procedure (or the weight loss band).
    • Gastric sleeve, also called lap sleeve gastrectomy or laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
    • Gastric bypass.
  • Lap band removal if needed.
  • Post-surgery services such as lap band diet counseling.
  • Bariatric clinic services offered pre- and post-surgery for patients undergoing stomach surgery for weight loss.
  • Assistance in obtaining insurance coverage for lap band surgery, gastric bypass and lap sleeve gastrectomy.
  • General surgery procedures including thyroid, gallbladder, hernia repair and varicose veins.

If you have questions relating to stomach surgery for weight loss, or to lap band before and after procedures, or to lab band cost, contact 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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