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Dr. Michael Murray Dr. Murray
Surgery
29 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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If my generel surgeon brought up lap ban surgery to me does that mean that he would perform the surgery?

If my generel surgeon brought up lap ban surgery to me does that mean that he would perform the surgery?

Bariatric surgery: The lap band is a form of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) and is a specialized field of general surgery he may have discussed it with you and plan to refer you to a specialist in bariatric surgery if he is not one himself. ...Read more

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Can a general surgeon perform a lap ban surgery or does it have to be a gastroenterology dr?

Can a general surgeon perform a lap ban surgery or does it have to be a gastroenterology dr?

Bariatric surgery: There is a specialty of medine for this--bariatric surgery. Gastroenterologists generally don't do surgery-mostly endoscopic procedures and biopsies etc..Bariatric surgeons are trained to do just these bypass procedures. I advise consult your doc for an evaluation and possible referal to a bariatric surgeon--and lung/heart/psychiatry doc as part of the "requirement" for these surgeries. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Joey Bluhm Dr. Bluhm
Surgery
13 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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How long is a lap surgery?

How long is a lap surgery?

Depends: The length of laparoscopic surgery depends on the type of surgery, the anatomy of the patient, the experience of the surgeon, ect. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Grover Dr. Grover
Surgery
22 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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Is lap band surgery safe?

Yes: Lap band surgery is a safe alternative to gastric bypass for weight loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Terry Simpson Dr. Simpson
Surgery
31 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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How much does lap band surgery cost?

10k plus: If your insurance doesn't cover it you can get it for 10k but you will need to get blis insurance for warranty and buy adjustments. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson Dr. Dickson
Surgery
19 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Can insurance cover lap band surgery?

Can insurance cover lap band surgery?

Depends: It depends on the insurance company and the physician and hospital it would be performed at. ...Read more

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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When should someone get lap band surgery?

When should someone get lap band surgery?

Hope for never: First reduce your weight to optimal levels by discipline reducing caloric intake with healthy food , regular exercises when failed only you need one of the accepted procedure . Speak to your family doctor first . ...Read more

Dr. Terry Simpson Dr. Simpson
Surgery
31 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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How to know if i qualify for lap band surgery?

How to know if i qualify for lap band surgery?

Not first option: See your doctor will refer you to weight loss centre near you , after work up first will try non operative medical measures ; treatments , if you really want to loose weight and work with them you will , if your fail then prepare you for right surgery for you. Best benefits are obtained by following the protocol of that institute ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Barkan Dr. Barkan
Surgery
20 years in practice
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School
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Dr. Gregg Nishi Dr. Nishi
Bariatrics
18 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Please describe the down side to lap band surgery?

Please describe the down side to lap band surgery?

Lap band: Slower weight loss, lower total weight loss, high failure rate, 20-30% lifetime re operation rate, it can cause reflux (the gastric bypass cures this), it can cause esophageal dysmotility, the band can slip/prolapse, the band can erode or cut into the stomach, the band can leak, the port can flip. It is however, the safest weight loss operation, and it is reversible. ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead Dr. Hammerstead
Surgery - Trauma
46 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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How many people get a lap band surgery every year?

How many people get a lap band surgery every year?

Who cares?: The popularity of a procedure doesn't mean it's the right procedure for you. Your choice should be made by you and your bariatric surgeon based on many factors. So have a consult with a Bariatric Surgeon recommended by your PCP ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Nishi Dr. Nishi
Bariatrics
18 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Has anyone had the lap band surgery ? What can I expect?

Has anyone had the lap band surgery ? What can I expect?

Lap band: That requires a long answer. Look at these sites. http://www.realize.com/adjustable-gastric-band-surgery-information.htm http://www.Lapband.Com/ http://www.Obesityhelp.Com www.Lapbandtalk.Com. ...Read more

Dr. Terry Simpson Dr. Simpson
Surgery
31 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Gregg Nishi Dr. Nishi
Bariatrics
18 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Use of antiiinflammatory drugs following lap band surgery?

NSAIDS: As long as you don't take excessive amounts, it should be fine. Anti inflammatory drugs are generally more of a concern when consumed by a person who has had a gastric bypass where it can cause ulceration of the gastric pouch. ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt Dr. Proffitt
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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How long after having lap band surgery can you go back to work?

Depends: If applied by laparoscopy, depending on your general health and condition, any complications and your own unique case and the type of work you do and your work environment, one could possible be back a work in a matter of a day or so up to a week or more. If an open procedure and with the above concerns, it could take weeks. This should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Welle Dr. Welle
Bariatrics
12 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Who will pay for lap-band surgery or the dr who will perform it?

Who will pay for lap-band surgery or the dr who will perform it?

Usually insurance : Most insurances now pay for bariatric surgery including medicare. Check with your insurance provider to see if it is a covered benefit. Or most surgeons offer self pay for the surgeries as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi Dr. Nishi
Bariatrics
18 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Wanted to know if it is okay for me to atleast have a lap band surgery?

Wanted to know if it is okay for me to atleast have a lap band surgery?

Lap band: Can't answer that in such a short space. I spend an hour discussing that with new patients. You need to meet the bmi requirements first. If you do, you may then be a candidate for surgery. If you are, the next question is which operation is best for you. Just because you want a lap band doesn't mean that is the right operation for you. See http://www.Lapband.Com/ http://www.Realize.Com/. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi Dr. Nishi
Bariatrics
18 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had lap band surgery?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had lap band surgery?

Lap band: That requires a long answer. Look at these sites. http://www.realize.com/adjustable-gastric-band-surgery-information.htm http://www.Lapband.Com/ http://www.Obesityhelp.Com www.Lapbandtalk.Com. ...Read more