The oBand® Procedure
From the initial point of contact, to the post-operative checkups, oBand® Los Angeles goes above and beyond the standard norms of bariatric healthcare to ensure our patients’ success and satisfaction. After your initial contact, oBand® Los Angeles will provide you with an informative seminar and personal evaluation to ensure that you are a proper candidate for our procedure.
The next step is verifying your insurance. Should your insurance lack bariatric surgery options, our team of patient advocates will help you collect the testimony and paperwork required of the appeals process. Once you have been cleared and your insurance or payment option has been verified, you are ready for the pre-operative phase to get you ready for surgery. The surgery itself is safe and only requires an hour to perform. After surgery, you will need to come in for regular post-operative checkups with our surgeons and support staff to make any necessary adjustments.
The Gastric Band — LAP-BAND® or REALIZE BAND
The gastric band is bariatric device that is restrictive and designed for maximum safety and minimal invasiveness. The gastric band is an adjustable band made of a hollow silicone ring with pockets of saline solution along the inner surface. In most cases, Allergen’s LAP-BAND® or Johnson & Johnson’s Realize band is placed laparoscopically, under general anesthesia. After making tiny incisions in the abdominal wall, the surgeon uses thin surgical tools and camera to wrap the band around the top part of the stomach and lock it securely in place. This procedure requires very small incisions compared to other bariatric surgeries, which makes for much shorter recovery time.
The silicone ring is connected to a tube, which is connected to an access port located right underneath the skin. A tiny needle is placed through the skin and into the access port to make adjustments. An adjustment to the gastric band requires increasing or decreasing the amount of saline, making the band more or less restrictive. Finally, aside from being less invasive than other forms of bariatric surgery, the gastric band procedure is completely reversible. Other procedures, like gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery are irreversible.
The gastric band is the only bariatric procedure performed at oBand® Los Angeles. However, oBand® Los Angeles is not merely a surgery center. oBand® Los Angeles is an all-inclusive medical group that takes care of its patients from the initial seminar and evaluation, to the post-operative checkups. Furthermore, our surgeons, patient advocates and support staff understand that weight-loss surgery requires more than surgery to be successful. Other lifestyle adjustments, such as a change in diet and exercise routine, are required for you to achieve the best results and reach your target weight. Remember, looking better and feeling more comfortable in your skin is only a small part or weight-loss surgery. Our goal at oBand® Los Angeles is to help you “Live Healthy Ever After!”