Lap Band Surgery Cost and Procedure Information

Lap band surgery is a laparoscopic procedure in which the surgeon places a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach to restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold. Lap band surgery is performed through several small incisions, using a tube-like instrument with a camera and surgical tools attached (laparoscope). This surgery is performed to help obese patients (body mass index > 40 kg/m2) with weight loss when lifestyle changes have not been sufficient.

National Lap Band Surgery Procedure Pricing Summary

National Minimum Price $9,228 (Safford, AZ)
National Average Price $14,996
National Maximum Price $25,377 (Safford, AZ)

Lap Band Surgery Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Seattle, WA Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $6,100 - $16,700
Boston, MA Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $8,800 - $24,100
San Francisco, CA Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $8,100 - $22,100
Tampa, FL Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $5,300 - $14,400
St. Louis, MO Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $5,900 - $16,100
Baltimore, MD Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $5,400 - $14,900
Minneapolis, MN Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $7,500 - $20,500
Denver, CO Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $6,000 - $16,500
Detroit, MI Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $5,300 - $14,500
San Diego, CA Lap Band Surgery Cost Average $7,500 - $20,500
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Featured Facilities that Perform Lap Band Surgery

Name Location Price Range
Parkridge Medical Center Chattanooga , TN $5,100 - $13,800
Piney Point Surgical Center Houston , TX $5,000 - $13,600
Bay Medical Panama City , FL $4,800 - $13,200
Adcare Hospital of Worcester Worcester , MA $6,900 - $18,800
Hamilton Medical Center Dalton , GA $12,200 - $33,300
Valley Baptist Medical Center - Harlingen Harlingen , TX $5,100 - $13,900
Medical Park Hospital Winston-salem , NC $5,400 - $14,800
Lake Wales Medical Center Lake Wales , FL $4,800 - $13,000
Bronson Vicksburg Hospital Vicksburg , MI $5,900 - $16,100
Manteca Medical Center Manteca , CA $8,800 - $24,200
North Hawaii Community Hospital Kamuela , HI $7,300 - $19,900
Mee Memorial Hospital King City , CA $10,600 - $29,000
Saint Mary's Hospital Rogers , AR $4,900 - $13,500
Mercy Medical Center Merced - Dominican Campus Merced , CA $8,200 - $22,300
Laurel Grove Hospital Castro Valley , CA $9,700 - $26,600
Trinity Hospital of Augusta Augusta , GA $12,500 - $34,300
Penrose Hospital Colorado Springs , CO $5,600 - $15,400
Mcleod Medical Center Darlington Darlington , SC $4,700 - $12,900
Mountain View Hospital Idaho Falls , ID $5,200 - $14,300
Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center Yakima , WA $5,900 - $16,100
Saint Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus Bethlehem , PA $5,600 - $15,400
SCA Nashville Surgery Center Nashville , TN $4,400 - $12,000
Jordan Valley Medical Center West Jordan , UT $7,300 - $20,100
Mercy Medical Center Nampa , ID $5,500 - $15,000
Union Hospital Terre Haute , IN $5,500 - $14,900
Memphis Surgery Center Memphis , TN $4,400 - $11,900
Cannon Memorial Hospital Pickens , SC $5,300 - $14,400
Stephens County Hospital Toccoa , GA $13,600 - $37,400
Norton Southwest Medical Center Louisville , KY $4,400 - $12,000
E. A. Conway Medical Center Monroe , LA $4,600 - $12,700

Lap Band Surgery Information & Details

Lap Band Surgery Cost and Procedure Introduction

Lap band surgery (LAGB) is a laparoscopic procedure performed through several small incisions, using a tube-like instrument with a camera and surgical tools attached (laparoscope). This surgery is performed to help obese patients (body mass index > 40 kg/m2) with weight loss when lifestyle changes have not been sufficient. Many bariatric surgeons will want the patient to commit to certain lifestyle changes before the surgery. Lap band surgeries are performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility by a general surgeon who has expertise in bariatric surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach, restricting the size of the stomach and the amount of food it can hold. Typically, lap band patients are able to go home the same day, but if complications occur during the procedure, the patient may be admitted to the hospital. Laparoscopic surgery is often associated with a lower rate of complications, a shorter hospital stay and better cosmetic results than the open procedure.

Patient Preparation for Lap Band Surgery

A physical examination will be performed along with blood or other diagnostic tests. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant). Also let your doctor know if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention, and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin or other medications that affect blood clotting. Your doctor may suggest weight loss of five to 10 percent prior to surgery for best results. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight. You will need to make arrangements for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to Expect During and After Lap Band Surgery

The surgery itself takes one to two hours, but the preparation and recovery time may add several hours. Most patients go home the same day as the surgery if there are no major problems. An intravenous line is inserted into the arm to administer a sedative and a painkiller. Also, your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen level will be monitored during the procedure. Lab band surgeries are done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free). The surgeon makes three to five inch-long incisions in the abdomen and places the lap band around the upper area of the stomach, attaching it with sutures. A port — through which saline is inserted or removed — is then attached to the wall of the abdomen.

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will most often be discharged to your home. Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about care for your incisions, limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. If you notice any of the following, call the number the hospital gave you: Fever, excessive sweating, difficulty urinating, redness, bleeding or worsening pain.

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