Gastric Band / Lap Band
The Gastric Band is a surgical weight loss procedure. There are several banding devices, the most popular being the Lap Band, while another popular in Europe being the Cousin Bioring.
The procedure is most easily understood if you think of it like a big zip-tie, or a belt, that goes around the stomach, and adjusting it to just the right tightness. The result is a small pouch above the restricted area, which quickly fills with food when you eat. The idea is the patient will feel full much sooner when eating. The banding procedure is not well known to reduce production of the hunger hormone known as Ghrelin. Rather it works by reducing your appetite, so you lose your appetite when you realize you cannot eat so fast and need to slow down. The result is a patient who is pretty much forced to consciously think about what they're eating and how fast they're eating it, and hopefully make good choices. The devices have debatable success rates. Some people like it and have success with it, but some patients do return to have it removed, and often opt for the gastric sleeve instead. That type of procedure is called a Lap Band Revision To Sleeve and it's (unfortunately) quite popular with people who decided to get a lap band back before the sleeve was as popular as it is now. The feedback is generally people prefer the sleeve over the lap band. Some people do opt for the band for various reasons, however. You and your doctor can decide what's best for you.

Facilities in our network where you can get the gastric band:
HMN Hospital in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Hospital de Especialidades in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Christus Muguerza Hospital in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Larkin Hospital in Miami, Florida, United States

Broward Health Imperial Point in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Doctors in our network who offer the lap band:
Dr. Mario Almanza offers the Lap Band procedure for $3,749.


Dr. Michael Choi offers the Lap Band surgery in Miami for $9,799

Dr. Galileo Villarreal offers the Lap Band surgery near Texas for $5,999

Philip Vanden Borre offers the Cousin Bioring banding surgery for 4500€ Euro

Dr. Felipe Cantu offers the Lap Band surgery for $5,899

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Lap Band Testimonials:

My experience with Lapban in Mexico

I was once the person looking through all the testimonials and looking at the pictures and wondering should I or shouldn't I do this. I had a wonderful experience in Mexico. I had the Lap-Band procedure done by Dr. Almanza. They are very professional and even with the language barrier most of them c... *

08/01/2017
Lost 35lbs in a month

Hi getting the lap band is one of the best decision I've made in my life. I lost 35lbs in a month. After having the surgery I eat very little I'm full after a couple bites of food. I showed my dr. Here in the states my x-ray of my band and he said it was very well placed. The ladies who go surgery w... *

06/13/2017
My weight loss journey


1. SEPT 2014 LAP BAND

2 SEPT 2015 LAP BAND CAME OUT DUE TO INFECTION ABSOLUTELY NO FAULT OF ANYONE. SPENT 4 DAYS IN TIJUANA DR ALMANZA AND STAFF DID A GREAT JOB MY UNDERSTANDING IS 1 OUT 25 ARTIFICIAL OBJECTS IN ONE'S BODY BECOME INFECTED NO MATTER WHAT PART OF THE ... *

03/16/2017
update

weight loss agents and hugo almanza

april 1 will be my one year anniversary date sleeve procedure. many folks in the tampa/fla area are aware i had the bariatric(fat) surgery
i tell everyone it was done in TIJUANA everyone i met on my visits was completely happy with re... *

03/15/2017
Pleased with the results of my Lap Band surgery with Dr. Almanza

Hello my name is EUREKA WHITEHALL and i had the Lapband procedure back in April of this year. I weighed in at 223pounds. Its now August 26 and i weigh 190pounds. I'm pleased with my results and the services rendered while in Tijuana Mexico. Dr. Almanza did a wonderful job and was very informative... *

08/28/2016
It's a long hard road, but it's worth it.

Let me start off by saying that this procedure saved my life, and I totally recommend it to everyone!
I was about 270 lbs. in April 2016...and today, August 2016, I'm 238 lbs (and still losing). I've gone from a size 52 waist to a 46 in only a few months. My blood pressure and blood sugar number... *

08/12/2016
I'm very happy

Don't think about it just do it... *

04/08/2016
I would definitely do it again!

I want to start off by saying that if I had it to do all over again I definitely would! I flew in on a Wednesday afternoon, with a friend that was also having the lap band, and we few out the next day. It was a little rushed but that was my fault. My only complaint with the entire process is that t... *

02/23/2016
Should have done it sooner!

My results have been incredible. I weighed 180 pounds the day of surgery and now weigh 140 pounds (12 weeks pregnant)!! Total, I lost 48 pounds and the best part... I've been able to get pregnant! Everything was well organized and clean prior to and during surgery. I would (and have) recommended thi... *

02/01/2016
Best decision ever.

The 1st person of the team we meet (friendly, big smile and doing everything for us)is the driver. He then took us to the hospital and handed us off to Dr.Almanza's medical staff. All very professional and very will to make us as comfortable and relaxed. The hotel staff was very good to all of us an... *

11/17/2015

* These are actual testimonials, however, your results may vary. For more information, please read our Testimonial Disclaimer and Risks of Surgery.

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