LAP-BAND advantages

Interested in fewer risks and side effects in relation to weight loss surgery? Then the LAP-BAND might be right for you! This option provides many advantages and benefits. 

The minimally invasive procedure is one of the most common weight loss surgery options. In fact, it is generally thought to be the least traumatic of all weight-loss surgeries, because it does not require any cutting, stapling, or stomach rerouting. This means less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, and reduced recovery time.

For many, it’s the perfect way to lose weight and improve health conditions without being too restricting. We want everyone to be able to lead a happy and healthy life after surgery. 

Advantages of the LAP-BAND for Weight Loss

The LAP-BAND is a hollow band made of special material. Working laparoscopically, we place the band around the upper part of the stomach where it meets the esophagus. This creates a very small pouch that empties into the larger remaining portion of the stomach. The band is connected to a port, which is located underneath the skin of the abdomen. 

With this port, we can inflate the band with a salt solution. We can tighten or loosen it over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution. This tightening or loosening determines how much restriction there is on what you eat. The LAP-BAND induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food you can consume.

So that’s how it works; now what about those advantages? Here are some of the main ones!

Minimally invasive

Recognized as the least traumatic of all the weight loss surgeries, we perform the LAP-BAND procedure laparoscopically, which means it doesn’t require any cutting, stapling, or stomach rerouting. This in turn means less postoperative pain, a shortened hospital stay, and, ultimately, a reduced recovery time.

Low risk of nutritional deficiencies

With the LAP-BAND, we do not change the anatomy of your stomach, which means that food and nutrients will continue to be properly absorbed into the body. Deficiencies can sometimes lead to hair loss, so this is also less likely to occur if you choose the LAP-BAND.

No “dumping syndrome” related to dietary intake restrictions

Dumping syndrome is a condition that can develop after having surgery to remove all or part of your stomach orto bypass your stomach. It causes food, especially sugar, to move from your stomach into your small bowel too quickly, leading to a variety of potential problems. With the LAP-BAND, we do not change your anatomy, so dumping syndrome is unlikely.

Adjustable without additional surgery

Without the need for additional surgery, you can have the band adjusted to better meet your needs and weight loss goals. For some patients, it’s also good to know that the LAP-BAND is reversible. If desired, we can restore the stomach to its original form and function.

Cost-effective option

The LAP-BAND is one of the more cost-effective procedures at $7,999. This is often especially appealing for those who will be paying out of pocket, rather than using insurance assistance for payment. The $7,999 cash price includes:

  • Pre-operative testing, including blood work and EKG, if necessary
  • Pre-operative nutrition evaluation
  • Surgeon Fee for the procedure
  • Anesthesiologist Fee
  • Surgery Center Fee. (LAP- BAND® is performed on an outpatient basis.)
  • Post-operative visit with the nutritionist within 4 weeks of surgery
  • Monthly support group meetings

(Disclaimer: If paying for the procedure with CareCredit, Credit Card, or by United Medical Credit, there will be an administrative fee added to the total price of the procedure.)

Very effective for weight loss

With the average patient losing 40 to 60% of their excess body weight within two years, there’s no doubt this procedure is effective. It can absolutely help you restore and maintain your health for years to come when combined with a continued healthy diet and exercise.

Finding the weight loss surgery option that’s right for you takes careful consideration, and more importantly, the opinion of a professional surgeon who understands your goals and lifestyle. By working with our experienced surgeon at Birmingham Minimally Invasive, we will determine if the LAP-BAND is the right fit to be a part of your weight loss journey!

Let BMI Surgery help you improve your health with the LAP-BAND.

The caring group of professionals at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery will help you get started on your weight loss journey and stay with you every step along the way. Dr. Long and his team specialize in all types of bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass, and the LAP-BAND. Visit us today at or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.