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Conveniently located to serve the areas of Houston and Katy

Experiencing Weight Regain?  

Are you underwhelmed by the results of your lap band surgery? You are not alone. Within the past several years, 20 to 30 percent  of lap band or gastric adjustable band patients didn’t think the procedure was worth the time and expense. Perhaps you are not achieving the results you were expecting.  Regardless of your individual circumstances, Dr. Ricardo M. Bonnor, M.D, FACS, a double board certified surgeon is ready to help you and trigger your transformation into a slimmer, healthier new you.

Texas Endosurgery Associates, in Houston, has been helping patients with obesity using the latest technique in weight loss surgery. If you’ve been thinking about weight loss surgery solutions, it’s time to learn more. Schedule a consultation with our courteous and professional staff. Call us at (281) 579-5638 or, if you prefer, you can arrange for a Virtual Consultation and meet with us remotely!   



There are many reasons for failure of a gastric band or lap band, the most common being an intrinsic failure of the band itself, resulting in poor weight loss. Recent data suggest that at least 15% to 25% of laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands or lap bands will be converted to another bariatric procedure such as a Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass.[1] At Texas Endosurgery Associates, in Houston, we have a team experienced with various revision surgery options. We will sit down and discuss your previous experience with the gastric band and evaluate the various revision options available to you  

Can You Get Gastric Sleeve After Lap Band?

The studies show that upgrading your lap band to another bariatric procedure, like the gastric sleeve, is feasible and most importantly very safe.[2] The lap band had a period of popularity after its introduction in 2001. As a minimally-invasive weight loss procedure, many overweight patients opted for the lap band at the time.  However, recent reports have shown that there is an increased rate of complications or failure leading to poor weight loss results. If your choice is a purely restrictive procedure, our results in Houston show that a longitudinal sleeve gastrectomy is the best surgical option compared to a lap band. 

Benefits of a Lap Band Removal or Revision

Our experience has shown us that a majority of patients with an adjustable gastric band or lap band don’t experience adequate weight loss results. Typically, the most common reason for removal would be if a patient can’t lose enough weight or, worse yet, regains the weight. In these scenarios, lap band removal and conversion to another, more effective bariatric procedure may be appropriate.

Furthermore, a patient may need a lap band removal or revision if they experience symptoms of lap band intolerance. Lap band intolerance is a distressing complication that some patients experience after lap band surgery.[3] 

Symptoms of Lap Band Intolerance:

  • Excessive nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain after eating

Beware of Band Slippage

Band slippage may be another reason for the removal of a lap band and conversion to a subsequent bariatric operation. A band slippage occurs when the band moves down the stomach, creating a bigger pouch above it. Some patients may also develop new heartburn symptoms after a lap band procedure. For patients with severe heartburn symptoms that do not respond to anti-acid medications, lap band removal may relieve the symptoms.

With long-term use of the lap band, some patients may develop esophageal dilation (expansion of tissue), dysmotility (lack of movement) or esophagitis (inflammation). Because of these issues, we do not perform the adjustable gastric band, more commonly known as the “lap band” procedure at Texas Endosurgery Associates, in Houston.

If you are experiencing any of these issues related to your gastric band, we specialize in both the removal and conversion of an adjustable gastric band into another, more suitable, surgical weight loss treatment.

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Qualified Candidates

Before proceeding with a revision, it is imperative to perform an adequate evaluation of the patient’s anatomy. To perform this, an upper endoscopy and an x-ray (where the patient drinks a contrast liquid) are typically required. Removal of the band and conversion to a sleeve or bypass can often be done in one stage. If there is extensive scar tissue, however, it is often better to let that heal and then proceed with a sleeve or bypass several months later. Typically, we do not use drains for either revision. The average length of stay for a revision to a sleeve gastrestomy is one night. We typically hold patients one to two nights if they are revising to a gastric bypass.

Your Private Consultation at Texas Endosurgery

Dr. Ricardo M. Bonnor, M.D., FACS, FASMBS, is proud to serve his community with the most advanced and effective treatments in bariatric medicine. At Texas Endosurgery Associates, in Houston, we want to help you realize your goals. Read all of our positive reviews to witness our past patients’ success stories.

Take control and improve your health. But you must act! Schedule a consultation with our courteous and professional staff. Call us at (281) 579-5638. We are now offering Virtual Consultations so that you can take your first steps toward a powerful transformation.

More about Lap Band Revision?

Lap band revision can include removing a slipped band, switching from a band to a sleeve or revising to a gastric bypass. If you have experienced issues because of your lap band procedure, or if you are not pleased with your results, we invite you to consider one of these lap band revision procedures.

Band-to-Sleeve Revision 

During this type of conversion, the gastric band and gastric port are taken out and revised to gastric sleeve. 

Band-to-Bypass Revision

Removal of the band and conversion to a bypass is typically performed in one stage.[4] With a bypass, we can generally work around the scar tissue as we upgrade your chances for future weight loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I file a Lap Band Revision with my insurance?

Dr. Bonnor can’t wait to see if you’re a good fit for lap band revision surgery. At your private consultation, he will review your history and listen to your story. After we have a full accounting of your needs, we will provide a quote. Financing options are available.  

Does Insurance Cover Lap Band Revision?

In many cases, when the initial procedure is causing severe medical threats, the revisional procedure may be covered by medical insurance providers. Each case is entirely different, so the best thing you can do is schedule a consultation with our courteous and professional staff. 

What is a lap band revision?

In a lap band revision, your  surgeon will remove your lap band and revise your procedure to another more effective bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery or a sleeve gastrectomy. These surgeries are still performed laparoscopically and also  now with the Davinci robot system, which means they’re less invasive than traditional open surgery. 

Can you get weight loss surgery twice?

In some cases, a  revision procedure or a second weight loss surgery is necessary to create the results you sought from your initial lap band surgery. Many lap band devices have caused complications since their initial introduction more than a decade ago. For this reason, many surgeons no longer perform the lap band procedure. 


  1. Altieri, M. S., Yang, J., Telem, D. A., Meng, Z., Frenkel, C., Halbert, C., … Pryor, A. D. (2015). Lap band outcomes from 19,221 patients across centers and over a decade within the state of New York. Surgical Endoscopy, 30(5), 1725–1732. doi: 10.1007/s00464-015-4402-8
  2. Carlin, A. M., Zeni, T. M., English, W. J., Hawasli, A. A., Genaw, J. A., Krause, K. R., … Birkmeyer, N. J. O. (2013). The Comparative Effectiveness of Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, and Adjustable Gastric Banding Procedures for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity. Annals of Surgery, 257(5), 791–797. doi: 10.1097/sla.0b013e3182879ded
  3. Spivak, H., Beltran, O. R., Slavchev, P., & Wilson, E. B. (2007). Laparoscopic revision from LAP-BAND® to gastric bypass. Surgical Endoscopy, 21(8), 1388–1392. doi: 10.1007/s00464-007-9223-y
  4. Wageningen, B. V., Berends, F., Ramshorst, B. V., & Janssen, I. (2006). Revision of Failed Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Obesity Surgery, 16(2), 137–141. doi: 10.1381/096089206775565212

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Lap-Band Surgery Specialist

What is Lap-Band surgery?

Lap-Band surgery is a type of weight loss procedure that reduces the size of your stomach with a specialized band. This procedure is the only laparoscopic weight loss device in the United States that has the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The goal of Lap-Band surgery is to restrict how much you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach with an adjustable band to support successful weight loss. A benefit of Lap-Band surgery is that the procedure is very effective at promoting weight loss. This type of surgery is also adjustable and reversible.

Throughout your time with the Lap-Band, the Houston Weight Loss providers can adjust your band to meet your weight changes and health needs. When you no longer wish to have the Lap-Band, the bariatric surgeons can remove it.

What can I expect during Lap-Band surgery?

During Lap-Band surgery, your Houston Weight Loss surgeon uses minimally invasive surgical techniques that require only small incisions to place the band.

Through an incision in your abdomen, your surgeon places the adjustable band around the upper part of your stomach. The Lap-Band separates your stomach into two sections. The section that holds food is much smaller, so you feel full after eating less food.

Your surgeon then inflates the band with a saline solution through a small reservoir they implant under your skin. This allows your provider the opportunity to adjust the band at any time without additional surgery. They can tighten the band by adding more saline or loosen it by draining the liquids out of the reservoir.

How long does it take to recover from Lap-Band surgery?

Because the Houston Weight Loss surgeons use minimally invasive techniques during your procedure, you can expect your small incisions to heal faster than you might after open surgery.

Lap-Band surgery also doesn’t involve any changes to your digestive tract, so you should experience less pain, less complication risks, and a faster recovery than you might after other types of bariatric surgery.

Following Lap-Band surgery, you don’t need to take multiple nutritional supplements and likely will need a multivitamin only once a day.

To find out if Lap-Band surgery is right for you, call Houston Weight Loss or book an appointment online today.

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Obesity can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. It can also affect your life expectancy.

LAP-BAND® provides a conservative and reversible option for people who need to lose weight to improve their quality of life.

Learn why many people in the Houston, TX, area come to Dr. Matthew St. Laurent for gastric banding.

Here's a Closer Look at LAP-BAND Surgery

The LAP-BAND System obtained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. The FDA approved the expanded use of LAP-BAND in 2011 to address the needs of more patients affected by obesity.

Is LAP-BAND Right for Me?

BMI of 40 or Higher

LAP-BAND surgery is recommended to treat people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher. A BMI in this range is classified as Class 3, which is considered severe obesity.

BMI of 30 with Comorbidities

LAP-BAND is also performed on people with a BMI of 30 in addition to an obesity-related comorbidity such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or sleep apnea.

Previous Struggles with Losing Weight

If you've attempted to lose weight for an extended amount of time but have had little success, bariatric surgery procedures such as LAP-BAND could help you achieve the results you're looking for.

Healthy Enough to Undergo Surgery

LAP-BAND is more conservative than other bariatric procedures, but it is still a surgery. During your visit to our Houston area practice, we can assess your health and determine if gastric banding is the right solution for you.

Talk to Dr. St. Laurent About Gastric Banding

LAP-BAND offers a simple solution for people who have struggled with weight loss. The gastric band limits your calorie intake while reducing sensations of hunger after meals. Dr. St. Laurent can evaluate your candidacy for LAP-BAND during a visit to our practice serving the Houston, TX, area.

Dr. St. Laurent is board-certified surgeon who has performed more than 4,500 bariatric surgeries. Consistently named one of America's Top Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America, Dr. St. Laurent is committed to helping people all over Texas take great strides forward in their health journey.

To learn more about gastric banding and your other weight loss surgery options, contact our practice online. You can also reach Northwest Endosurgical by phone.

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Benefits of LAP-BAND Surgery


Effective Weight Reduction

The most obvious benefit of LAP-BAND surgery is the loss of weight. Losing excess weight can help lower blood pressure, relieve strain on your joints, and help treat type 2 diabetes. However, gastric banding offers several additional benefits worth considering.

A Reversible Procedure

LAP-BAND surgery does not permanently modify part of the stomach or the small intestine. The gastric band can be adjusted and removed as needed. Other weight loss surgeries are not as conservative.

Avoids Open Surgery

LAP-BAND surgery is a laparoscopic procedure, meaning that it only involves a few small incisions in the abdominal area. Surgical tools are inserted into these incisions to place the gastric band, meaning there is no need for open surgery with a large scar. The laparoscopic approach helps minimize post-operative discomfort and leads to faster recovery times.

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Risks of LAP-BAND Surgery

Band Slippage

It's possible for the gastric band to slip out of position, which changes your stomach capacity. Treating this problem requires professional adjustments.

Band Erosion or Intolerance

Band erosion refers to a rare complication in which the silicone band erodes the outer tissue of the stomach. It's also possible your body will not tolerate the implanted object well, resulting in the buildup of scar tissue. Band intolerance may lead to nausea, vomiting, and reflux.

Weight Loss Plateaus

While LAP-BAND can be effective, it may not achieve as much weight loss for you as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery.

Knowing the Risks of LAP-BAND

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LAP-BAND Pros and Cons

Dr. St. Laurent provides a succinct breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of LAP-BAND surgery. When you visit our Houston-area practice, our team will be able to compare different weight loss surgeries and give you an honest assessment about which one may be right for your long-term health, wellness, and weight loss goals.

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How Much Does LAP-BAND Cost?

Factors Affecting Cost

The cost of LAP-BAND surgery is affected by several factors. The length of your hospital stay following surgery is one of the most significant price factors, particularly since recovery times can vary. Cost will also be influenced by your insurance benefits. After reviewing the percentage of cost covered by your insurance, our Houston, TX-area practice can also discuss financing options that can make gastric banding more affordable.

An Investment in Your Health

Since LAP-BAND can contribute to a healthier lifestyle, many gastric band patients feel it is a worthwhile investment. The procedure can help patients save money on medications and medical treatments for obesity-related conditions, and improve overall quality of life.

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Contact Our Bariatric Center for More Information

Gastric banding has helped countless patients lose weight and improve their general health. Dr. St. Laurent has helped many gastric band patients in Southeast Texas achieve their wellness goals. Getting a gastric band may be just what you need to lose excess weight that will not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise. For more information about LAP-BAND and other bariatric surgery procedures, contact our office online. You can also reach our office serving the Houston, TX, area by phone.

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LAP-BAND Surgery Explained by Dr. St. Laurent

Watch as Dr. St. Laurent performs a LAP-BAND procedure and narrates the process. Many bariatric patients in the Houston area have achieved their health and weight loss goals thanks to LAP-BAND. We can help you determine if this is the right bariatric surgery for your needs. We can discuss LAP-BAND and other surgical weight loss options during your visit to Northwest Endosurgical.

The Surgical Procedure

LAP-BAND provides a conservative and reversible option for people who need to lose weight to improve their quality of life.

Here is a simplified step-by-step look at the LAP-BAND process:

LAP-BAND provides a conservative and reversible option for people who need to lose weight to improve their quality of life.

Initial Consultation

When you visit our practice serving the Houston, TX, area, Dr. St. Laurent will discuss your health goals and review your medical history. Based on this discussion together, our team can determine if LAP-BAND or a different weight loss procedure is right for you.

Administering Anesthesia

Gastric band patients are given general anesthesia and local anesthetic prior to surgery. This allows patients to be in a relaxed, pain-free state during the procedure.

Laparoscopic Incisions

Small incisions are made in the abdomen. Surgical cameras and instruments are inserted through these small incisions so Dr. St. Laurent can insert and position the gastric band without open surgery or a large post-surgical scar.

Placing the Band

The gastric band is inserted through one of the small incisions. It is positioned and secured around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch.

Completing Surgery

Once the band is in place, the surgery is completed. A small port is placed just under the patient's skin. This port allows a surgeon to adjust the amount of saline inside of the band.

Results of LAP-BAND Surgery

Rate of Weight Loss

LAP-BAND surgery allows individuals to lose weight gradually, with most patients experiencing incremental weight loss of about one to two pounds per week as their new stomach accommodates smaller amounts of food. When compared to rapid weight loss procedures, LAP-BAND is safer and offers longer-lasting results.

How to Ensure Success

In order to achieve optimal results and avoid complications, you will need to remain committed to a healthy lifestyle following surgery. This includes eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and making other kinds of healthy choices. Gastric banding combined with these lifestyle changes can help you shed excess weight and potentially find relief from obesity-related conditions.

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Periodic Band Adjustments

LAP-BAND patients will return to our Houston-area practice in order to receive band adjustments and to make any necessary corrections to the position of the band. We can discuss the scheduling for these regular adjustments during the consultation process.

LAP-BAND vs. Other Bariatric Procedures

LAP-BAND is not as complicated as sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery. The stomach is not incised or permanently reduced during the procedure, nor is the small intestine altered or rerouted. However, some LAP-BAND patients are unable to reach their ideal weight. At that point, a revision surgery may be recommended to convert the band procedure into a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.

Gastric band surgery is not as commonly performed as other procedures at our Houston, TX-area practice. However, we want to cater to people who are still interested in conservative procedures that can promote sustainable weight loss when diet and exercise have failed.

Dr. St. Laurent can provide a more detailed explanation of the gastric band process and determine whether it's right for your needs. For a general comparison of bariatric options, we created a series of tables that note the differences between procedures, including the surgical process, potential complications, and weight loss results.

Compare Weight Loss Surgery Options

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Determining the Cost of LAP-BAND® Surgery

LAP-BAND® surgery doesn’t have to be out of reach financially for board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent’s Houston-area patients. A number of affordable payment options are available, and insurance may offset the cost of this procedure as well.

Weight loss can change your life and significantly improve your health. Many don’t realize that the cost of LAP-BAND® surgery is relatively small compared to obesity-related costs. Dramatic weight loss can greatly reduce weight-related costs, saving you thousands of dollars per year on average! Therein LAP-BAND® surgery becomes a tremendous investment in yourself and your future.

How Much Does LAP-BAND® Surgery Cost?

The cost may be very different from one patient to the next, depending on a number of factors. The biggest one is the length of hospital stay required afterward, since some people will recover faster than others.

Out-of-pocket costs will also vary a great deal depending on your exact insurance benefits. Our staff will carefully review your policy with you during your consultation to see what, if any, benefits you might be entitled to. Once this is established, we will discuss the many payment options we have available to help you manage the remaining balance. If your insurance doesn’t cover your LAP-BAND® surgery, payment can be done on a self-pay basis via cash, check or credit card, with financing available through CareCredit® and American Healthcare Lending®.

Other Considerations

Keep in mind that should you choose to have your LAP-BAND® removed later, this would require an additional surgery. The price you are quoted includes only the initial placement. Insurance may or may not cover the cost of removal.

Since LAP-BAND® surgery helps you lose weight; you may notice a significant improvement in your health. Improved health can lower your medical expenses tremendously, thereby offsetting the cost of your surgery.

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Get a better idea as to the cost of LAP-BAND® surgery by contacting Dr. Matthew St. Laurent, a leading Houston bariatric surgeon, for an initial consultation. Contact us at 281-301-1404 to schedule your appointment.


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Houston Bariatric Surgery

The esteemed practices of Jason Balette, M.D., Drew Howard, M.D., and Brad Waggoner, M.D. are dedicated to helping patients achieve complete body fitness, focusing on the treatment of the bariatrics or more commonly referred to as weight loss surgery.   The goal of the professional staff of Houston Bariatric Surgery is to provide excellence in treatment along with compassionate care in a highly specialized bariatric treatment center.

The surgeons at Houston Bariatric Surgery are Board Certified Surgeons that lead one of the most experienced bariatric teams across Houston.  Our practice maintains affiliations with highly-qualified local hospitals to accommodate patients needs and payment options.  Our physicians are skilled in the five most highly recognized bariatric surgical solutions:

  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgrery
  • Lap-band Surgery
  • Gastric Balloon
  • Gastric Bypass Revision Surgery

Dr. Balette, Dr. Howard, and Dr. Waggoner focus on providing each of their patients with the best advice, surgical solutions, post operative support groups.  Their reputation in the bariatric field is well respected amongst colleagues and patients alike.  We looking forward to working with you to help take your life back.

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Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, can lead to significant weight loss and improve weight-related health conditions. With additional benefits including increased energy and self-confidence, weight loss surgery is a step toward a new you.


The decision to have weight loss surgery is an important one, as is determining which doctor and hospital are right for you. Houston Methodist’s team of surgeons, nurses, care navigators, dietitians, counselors and an exercise physiologist offers comprehensive care throughout your weight loss journey. Benefits of Houston Methodist Center for Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery include:

  • Skilled, board-certified surgeons using the most advanced and least invasive surgical weight loss approaches available
  • A bariatric coordinator to help answer questions about your weight loss surgery journey and understand your insurance coverage
  • Free informational sessions where you can learn more about what happens before, during and after weight loss surgery
  • Ongoing care after surgery, including monthly support groups, nutritional guidance from a registered dietitian and exercise advice and tips

Getting Started on Your Weight Loss Journey

Candidates for weight loss surgery include those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or those with a BMI of at least 35 who also suffer from one or more weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or breathing problems.


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LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band

LAP-BAND® Surgery is a safe and effective weight loss procedure that is less invasive than other bariatric surgeries. This a low-risk procedure is appropriate for a variety of patients; while surgery is typically reserved for patients with a BMI greater than 35, those suffering from excess weight at a BMI of 30-35 may also be candidates. As with all weight loss therapies, success requires dedication to lifelong eating and exercise changes and a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.*

Features of the LAP-BAND® System*

  • Individual weight loss varies, but one study found, on average, patients achieved 50% excess weight loss by 2.5 years and maintained the loss for five years post-surgery.1
  • Gastric Band surgery may lead to improvement in obesity related diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes2
  • The Gastric Band is removable. However, removal will result in significant weight gain and our medical team only recommends the Gastric Band procedure to patients who are committed to a lifetime of healthy lifestyle changes.

How Does The LAP-BAND® System Work?

The LAP-BAND® works by physically restricting the stomach so that the patient feels full with a small amount of food. During the Gastric Band procedure, a belt-like device is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch with a tapered opening. The patient will feel satiated when the pouch is full and food will gradually empty through the restricted opening. In order to be adjustable, the band is lined with a balloon. Your surgeon will tighten the band by adding saline to the balloon, and can loosen the band by removing saline from the balloon.

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Does Insurance Cover Gastric Band Surgery?

Many health insurance carriers offer coverage for bariatric surgery, but each plan is different and may have various stipulations or requirements. Our experienced insurance navigators can help you with a free insurance check to determine if your insurance plan will cover LAP-BAND® surgery.

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What if My Insurance Plan Doesn’t Cover Gastric Band Surgery?

Some insurance plans do not have bariatric coverage, and some include frustrating wait times or confusing requirements. At TLC, we work with independent medical lenders who offer a variety of budget-friendly financing options to allow you to take control of your health.

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How Much Does Gastric Band Surgery Cost?

At Texas Laparoscopic Consultants, we understand the importance of effective weight loss, so we partner with independent medical lenders to offer you budget-friendly payment options. An inclusive LAP-BAND® surgery package can be financed with payments as low as $338 per month.* Learn more about self-pay pricing.

*Prices are estimated and may change. Estimated monthly payments are subject to financing approval from independent lenders. Additional fees may apply, please see full disclaimer on payment options page.

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About LAP-BAND® Surgery

The LAP-BAND® surgery is performed under general anesthesia, typically with laparoscopic technique and is considered a low impact procedure. As with any surgery, there are possible side effects and complications, but because there is no severing or repositioning of any intestine, risks are lower than with other bariatric surgeries. Gastric Band patients are often able to return home on the same day as surgery, and are able to resume normal activities within two weeks.* In the weeks and months following the procedure, the surgeon will tighten and adjust the band to achieve optimal results for each patient. The adjustments are made by increasing or decreasing the amount of saline in the balloon that is adjacent to the band through an access port underneath the skin.

Traveling Patient Information

TLC welcomes patients traveling from out-of-town and we offer virtual consultations so that you can meet with our surgeons and begin the process from the comfort of your own home. Once you are ready to make the trip to Houston for your weight loss surgery, we’ve compiled a few helpful pieces of information to make the process as smooth as possible.

We offer telehealth appointments, online nutrition classes, and online support – all accessible from the comfort of your own home. Plus – after your surgery, you will be able to return home and have your follow-up appointments over the phone. Take the first step on the journey to a healthier life by scheduling your consultation today!

Stay On-Track After LAP-BAND® Surgery

Bariatric surgery, especially the LAP-BAND® procedure, has proven to help countless patients lose weight and begin their journey to a healthier life. Our team strives to provide as much support and guidance as possible, to be sure that you understand maintaining your weight loss after surgery will help to provide long-lasting results. Check out a few tips our team came up with to help:

  • Be consistent with a healthy diet & eating habits.
  • Maintain an active lifestyle with creative and frequent exercise.
  • Surround yourself with support.
  • If you feel stuck or need guidance, make an appointment with your doctor or dietitian.
  • Don’t be a stranger! We love to hear from our patients and help them stay on track.
  • Check out our blog for weight loss tips, inspiration, and dietitian approved-recipes.

Pre-Surgery: Liquid Diet

2 Weeks Before Surgery


Protein Supplements (3 to 5 servings daily, 60-150 grams of protein daily)
Choose supplements with >20g of protein, <10 grams of fat, <10 grams of sugar, <250 calories per serving

  • Ready to Drink options: Premier Protein, Muscle Milk, Unjury, Iconic
  • Protein Powder options (mixed with ice, water/low fat milk/unsweetened nut milk, no fruit/vegetables): Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement, Isopure, Orgain
  • Avoid: smoothies, food

Clear Liquids (+64oz daily)
Choose products with <50calories, <10g sugar per 8oz serving

  • Water with lemon, Crystal Light, G2/GZero, Proper, MiO
  • Decaf tea/coffee, herbal tea with sugar substitute
  • Sugar free gelatin/ice pops
  • Broth (store bought, homemade)
  • Avoid: any carbonated beverages, fruit/vegetable juice, soup

Post-Surgery Diet

Day 1-2
+48-64oz Clear Liquids

  • Sip on clear liquids (same clear liquid options as pre-op): Crystal Light, G2, GZero, Mio, sugar free gelatin/ice pops, broth
  • Do not drink: carbonated beverages, caffeine, protein shakes
  • Avoid: drinking through straws, vitamins and do not eat any food.

Day 3-14 (2 weeks)
Full/Thick Liquids

  • Start slowly taking Bariatric vitamins
  • +48-64oz clear liquids
  • +40-60 grams of protein from 1-3 Protein Supplements (Ready to Drink, or protein shakes made with protein powder and water/low fat milk/unsweetened nut milk)
  • Smooth (strained) and thick, low fat soups (no rice/noodles, meats, vegetable pieces)
  • Smooth, low fat, low sugar Greek yogurt
  • Smooth, sugar free pudding

Day 15-28 (weeks 3 and 4)
Pureed Foods

  • +48-64oz clear liquids
  • +40-60 grams of protein from 1 – 3 servings of Protein Supplements (Ready to Drink, or protein shakes made with protein powder and water/low fat milk/unsweetened nut milk)
  • Protein foods: Mashed scrambled eggs, mashed white fish/tuna, finely minced ground turkey, cottage cheese
  • High fiber foods: Mashed beans, mashed fruits (bananas, raspberries, pears, etc), mashed vegetables (carrots, peas, cauliflower, avocado, etc.)
  • Plain, instant hot cereals

Weeks 5 and 6
Chopped Soft Solid Foods

  • +48-64oz clear liquids
  • +40-60 grams of protein from 1 – 3 servings of Protein Supplements (Ready to Drink, or protein shakes made with protein powder and water/low fat milk/unsweetened nut milk)
  • Protein foods: soft, tender meats (skinless, dark meat chicken, pot roast/roast beef, baked fish), eggs, low fat cheese, low fat deli slices
  • High fiber foods: beans, soft cooked vegetables, peeled fruits, high fiber crackers/breakfast cereals
  • Avoid bread, pasta, rice and tortillas for 6 months after surgery.

Week 7 and beyond
Chopped Solid Foods (Maintenance Phase)

  • +48-64oz clear liquids
  • +60-80 grams of protein from 1 – 3 servings of Protein Supplements (Ready to Drink, or protein shakes made with protein powder and water/low fat milk/unsweetened nut milk)
  • Protein foods: chopped meats, eggs, low fat cheese, deli meats
  • High fiber foods: beans, chopped and shredded raw/cooked vegetables, chopped fruits with skin-on, high fiber crackers/breakfast cereals

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