Are you are at least 30 pounds overweight? Are you suffering from one or more obesity related conditions? The LAPBAND® System may be able to help you lose weight, avoid weight-related health risks, and enjoy a more active lifestyle.
At South Coast Specialty, you will find a dedicated team of board certified surgeons specializing in Bariatic Surgery who have performed this procedure thousands of times. Our medical staff and surgeons are committed to the wellness of our patients, providing support and guidance from the first consultation through to the last checkup and into newfound health and confidence. We understand that is is a lifechanging process and our dedicated staff helps to ensure your success.
If you’re seeking weight loss surgery, we offer many solutions, including LAP-BAND®, which is the leading gastric banding product in the nation.
For more information, please request a free consultation through our website or by calling 800-578-8521. The staff and doctors at South Coast Specialty look forward to hearing from you.
The harm of being overweight… Obesity has become an epidemic in this country, affecting over one in three adults. About 17 percent of kids and teens—aged 2 through 19—are obese as well. Obesity puts individuals at risk for a wide variety of health problems, including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Proper diet and exercise are excellent components of a healthy lifestyle, but these methods alone are not always effective for initial weight loss, at which point you can seek help from a bariatric surgeon.
Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)
A BMI of 30 or above is considered obese.
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
- Enter your weight and height using standard measures.
- Select “Compute BMI” and your BMI will appear below.
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Gastric Banding “Lapband®”
Gastric Banding(“LapBand®) is the most common weight loss procedure we perform at South Coast Specialty. During surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, a surgeon will place an adjustable band around your stomach. The procedure is so minimally invasive that most patients return to regular activities almost immediately. It is also reversible and can be removed at any time.
The gastric band separates your stomach into a small upper portion and a large lower portion. As you eat, your food enters the smaller stomach pocket. When that small pocket fills up, your stomach sends a signal to your brain saying that you’re full. The food then moves slowly to the lower, larger part of the stomach and proceeds through the rest of the digestive system. Digestion and absorption remain normal, but the slow movement and small stomach pouch result in you eating less food, getting full faster, and remaining full for longer stretches of time—all of this aids in weight loss.
The gastric band can be adjusted to increase or decrease the restriction around your stomach. As you lose weight, the band will need to be adjusted for comfort and effectiveness. A tighter band keeps food from moving as quickly to the rest of your digestive system, allowing you to remain full for longer periods.