Our Commitment to You
At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our highly trained surgeons and staff are dedicated to your health. With us, you have a partner on your weight loss journey. We are here for you around the clock, offering support for 3 full years following your procedure. We share your goal of a healthier, more fulfilling life, and your success is our top priority.
Congratulations! You're ready to take back your life and your health through surgical weight loss. For many of our patients, the natural choice is LAP-BAND® surgery. Our Tucson and Phoenix area patients trust the specialists at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona for this proven procedure, as well as their caring support throughout their weight loss journey. With over 2,000 LAP-BAND procedures performed since 2006, the surgeons at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona are the premier gastric banding specialists in the Southwest.
The LAP-BAND is a soft, inflatable ring that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. The band creates a small stomach pouch and slows the passage of food to the digestive system. Simply put, it limits the amount of food that can be consumed at one time and allows you to feel full sooner and with less food. The amount of restriction can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the amount of saline in the ring through a tube connected to an access port. The access port is surgically implanted beneath the skin and the subcutaneous fat, and is sutured to the fascia – it cannot be seen, and often it cannot even be felt. The LAP-BAND is placed laparoscopically, using very small incisions, which reduces postoperative pain and shortens recovery time.
Advantages of the LAP-BAND include:
- Low risk of complications
- Simple procedure with short recovery time
- No intestinal reconfiguration
- Adjustable and reversible
- Often covered by insurance
Real patients discuss their weight loss journeys, and how they regained their health and their lives with the help of Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.
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While weight loss with the LAP-BAND is not as rapid as with other weight loss surgery procedures, your doctor can help you continue to lose by adjusting your Band. Approximately 6 weeks after your surgery, your doctor will make your first adjustment. Also called a "fill", the LAP-BAND device is adjusted by filling (or draining) it with saline to make it tighter (or looser). Adjustments are simple office procedures during which a needle is inserted through the skin into the LAP-BAND port. The area is prepared with a topical anesthetic so patients typically feel only pressure. Over the first year, most patients have from 5 to 8 adjustments.
Signs that you need an adjustment include any of the following:
- Discomfort and/or have acid reflux when you haven't overeaten means your Band is too tight
- No discomfort when you eat a lot means your Band is too loose
- No weight loss may mean your Band is too tight or too loose
It's important to return to your original diet progression, liquid to soft food to normal food, as directed by your doctor after each adjustment.
Is LAP-BAND for You?
The best way to know if a procedure is right for you is by discussing your needs and concerns with one of our highly experienced bariatric surgeons. However, if you are considering the LAP-BAND procedure, here are a few things you should know.
Success with LAP-BAND requires a strong commitment to an appropriate diet. Your food choices will have a strong bearing on your success with this procedure. For instance, you may not be as successful with the Band if you ingest a large quantity of liquid calories. Additionally, weight loss with the LAP-BAND is not a quick fix; most patients will lose 50 to 75% of their excess weight over a period of 2 years.