How big/long is the surgical scar from the lap band or gastric banding surgery?

1-2 inches and 1/3. Laparoscopic scars - 3 will be 1/4 to 1/2 inch and one will be 1-2 inches. Although we have done single incision with 2 inch.
Range:1-3 and port. There are many techniques and approaches but generally speaking at least 2-3 1-2 cm (1/2 inch) wounds are used and anothe for placement of the port which can vary depending on your pannus thickness in the epigastrium. If thinner a low profile smaller port can be used.

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Help please! Is gastric band the same as the lap band surgery?

Yes. Gastric band and lap band are the same thing. There are two companies that make the band ethicon and allergen. Ethic on makes the realize band and allergens led the lap band. Both work in a similar way.
Lap band. Yes. Gastric band, lap band, adjustable gastric band are all the same.

How big is the surgical scar for gastric banding?

Small. Gastric banding or lap-banding procedures are performed laparoscopically. This means small incisions. The majority of incisions are 5 mm in size. The port site is larger, usually about 1.5-2 cm. Most surgeons will perform the procedure with 4-5 incisions, however some can perform this with just 1 our 2 incisions. There is no advantage to less incisions other than cosmetic. It will take longer thou.
4 small. 1 bigger. Of course it varies between doctors. Most docs use 4 small (1/4 inch) and one larger (1 inch) to do band.

Is it allowed for a teenager to get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

See below. I would not recommend any teenager to have lap band or gastric bypass surgery. She needs to be evaluated thoroughly by her physician to find out what reasons she has for her weight gain. Lap band surgery and gastric bypass are not the panacea they're made out to be. Just ask al rocher he has some regrets. Have her pediatrician evaluator thoroughly.
Teen. Waiting until 18 would be ideal but 16 ; 17 year olds can have surgery but should only do so at an adolescent weight loss surgery program and after extensive evaluation. This includes the usual evaluations by the surgeon, dietician, ; social worker, plus a pediatric endocrinologist, pediatrician, and x-rays of their growth plates to prove physiologic maturity.

I'm 28 hispanic male 5'9 n weigh 350, is there any program or insurance that can help me get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Start investigating. First place to start is with your insurance company as many will pay for bariatric surgery if you meet their established criteria. Second is to start investigating the surgeons that do the procedure. Get recommendations and referrals from others that have gone through the surgery. Lastly, start an exercise routine now that you will commit to continuing after the surgery.
Yes. Your current bmi is 51.1. This places you in the super, morbidly obese category. A gastric bypass or gastric sleeve would be a much better option than a gastric band in optimizing your weight loss. Find a surgical weight loss seminar somewhere near you. These seminars will discuss the various procedures available as well as insurance criteria and even finance options if you don't have insurance.
WLSFA is one option. Weight loss surgery foundation of america is the only resource I know that works to get coverage for needy people. They are scattered around country. Good luck.
Yes. Most insurances, including medicare and medicaid cover the surgeries. There are also several medical loan companies that finance the surgeries.

How are lap band and gastric bypass surgery different?

Malabsorption. The lap band is a device placed to make the stomach seem smaller thus allowing you to eat less and feel satisfied. With the bypass, a surgeon creates a smaller stomach by cutting which has a similar effect. Additionally, the intestines are cut and rerouted so that the upper segment is "bypassed". This decreases the absorption of food which leads to faster and relatively easier weight loss.
Bypass and band. Two very different operations. Lap band is the safest and is reversible which attracts a lot of patients. On the other hand, failure rates are high, it is easy to cheat, weight loss is slower. Bypass is the gold standard, been around for 50yrs, results in the greatest weight loss, highest cure rates for diabetes, hypertension, etc, but has a higher risk. There's a lot more but not enough room here.

Woud you please discuss the costs for lap band vs. Gastric bypass surgery?

They. Are similar with respect to surgical fees but you are hospitalized longer after a gastric bypass on average.
Cost of bypass. That varies tremendously. If you have great insurance, it could cost you nothing. If you paid cash for a bypass at a hospital, it can cost you upwards of $30, 000. The average cash price for a band is close to $20, 000 but there are chop shops that will do it for as little as $13, 000 (and even less in mexico). I would not bargain shop. I have seen a lot of complications from these bargain places.

Main difference (recovery wise, etc) between getting lap band and gastric bypass surgery?

A couple weeks. Recovery following laparoscopic banding or bypass is often less than 2 weeks. You won't be 100%, but should be able to return to a desk job in this time. For manual labor, recovery will be longer. There are many other differences which can't be fully covered in this format. I would recommend looking for a free seminar in your area to further investigate this.