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Did you try to lose weight with a LAP-BAND® or other forms of gastric banding, only to experience failure?

Medical evidence is revealing that LAP-BAND surgery is not as safe or effective as some providers claim. 

Vision Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, can provide effective alternatives to gastric banding to help you lose weight.

The Basics of LAP-BAND Surgery

The concept of laparoscopic gastric banding is fairly straightforward: during the procedure, a bariatric surgeon places a silicone ring around the stomach, effectively creating two stomach pouches. The ring is attached to a "port" through which the surgeon can inject or remove fluid, which causes the gastric band to inflate or deflate. When the band is inflated, it restricts the capacity of the stomach, and patients should feel full after eating less food. As they eat less, patients are meant to experience gradual weight loss.

Illustration of Lap-Band surgery

Some Problems with the LAP-BAND

It's a foreign object in your body.

Gastric banding may seem preferable to other types of weight loss surgery because it doesn't involve removing part of the stomach. However, placing a foreign object in your body comes with its own set of problems. Many patients experience band intolerance, in which their bodies form excessive scar tissue around the band or develop infections.

It doesn't last forever.

The LAP-BAND must be removed from your body at some point. If the band is left in place for too long, it can erode into the stomach or cause infection. Most gastric bands are removed within 10 years of placement, if not sooner, because complications arise. Unfortunately, once the band has been removed, many patients experience weight regain and lose any progress they were able to make.

Patients don't lose weight.

One study revealed that only 43 percent of patients with a gastric band lost at least half of their excess weight in seven years. Another study demonstrated that gastric band patients lost about 10 percent of their excess weight in four years, while gastric sleeve patients lost almost 18 percent and gastric bypass patients lost almost 28 percent. If you want to reduce your body mass index and experience healthy, sustainable weight loss, LAP-BAND surgery is not the best option for you.

Do You Need a LAP-BAND Revision? Choose Vision Bariatrics

Vision Bariatrics is a secure, state-of-the-art medical facility in Tijuana, Mexico. When patients from the United States, Canada, or elsewhere in the world choose Vision Bariatrics, they can undergo advanced weight loss procedures for a fraction of the cost of care in their home countries.

If you've previously undergone LAP-BAND surgery and you're not satisfied with your results, or if you have been considering a LAP-BAND procedure, contact our team today. We can explain better surgical weight loss options and help you decide if bariatric surgery in Mexico is right for you.

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Recommended by Satisfied Patients

"Was treated very well. Doctors and Nurses were knowledgeable and professional and went out of their way to make sure I knew what was going on and for my comfort. I would recommend Vision Bariatrics to anyone needed bariatric surgery." Five-Star Review by Debbie R.

Why Choose Vision Bariatrics?

Board-Certified Surgeons

Vision Bariatrics works with some of the most respected bariatric surgeons in all of Mexico. Drs. Francisco Gonzalez, Mario Camelo Ramos, and Francisco Guarista are highly trained professionals who use advanced technology to perform the latest techniques in weight loss surgery.

High-End Facility

In addition to the state-of-the-art hospital, our campus in Tijuana, Mexico, features 24/7 security, an on-site hotel, a dining facility, and more. All rooms feature Netflix and other luxury amenities. We will do everything we can to make you and your companions feel like you're on vacation for your weight loss surgery.

Convenient Travel

Our medical tourism team will arrange all on-ground transportation and accommodations for you. We will have a trusted chauffeur pick you up from San Diego International Airport and drive you to our hospital in Tijuana (this commute only takes about 30 minutes). He will drive you back to the airport when your stay is complete.

More Effective Bariatric Surgeries

When you choose Vision Bariatrics in Tijuana for revision bariatric surgery after a failed LAP-BAND, your surgeon can remove your gastric band and perform one of the following:
Illustration of gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric Sleeve

The gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, has become one of the most popular surgical procedures performed at Vision Bariatrics because it is effective and relatively simple. The gastric sleeve procedure involves the removal of most of the stomach. The remaining stomach pouch is in the shape of a sleeve and is about the size of a banana. Because the stomach is significantly reduced, patients feel full after eating less and can experience healthy weight loss.

Illustration of gastric bypass surgery

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery remains the most well-known bariatric procedure. During gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon reduces the size of the stomach and also reroutes a portion of the small intestine. By rearranging the small intestine, the surgery changes the way your body absorbs nutrients. Thus, the surgery helps you lose weight by reducing the amount you can eat and reducing the number of calories you absorb from your food. Patients can also consider the less invasive mini bypass.

The Cost of Revision Surgery

By traveling to Tijuana, Mexico, for your LAP-BAND revision, you can save thousands of dollars while receiving a high quality of care. Here are some of the bariatric surgery pricing packages available at Vision Bariatrics:

LAP-BAND Revision Gastric Sleeve Revision Gastric Bypass Revision Mini Gastric Bypass Revision






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  Chest x-ray & EKG

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  Nutritional consultation

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"Wonderful place. Beautiful facility. Over and exceeded my expectations from beginning to the end. The staff was all great and the surgeons and hospitalists were top notch. My coordinator, Paula is the sweetest thing and so efficient. Do not fear! This is the place to go and get the care you deserve. I cannot say enough good things." Five-Star Review from Ashley C.
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Choose a Trusted Team

The medical team at Vision Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, is committed to providing the highest quality of care to deliver life-changing results. Drs. Francisco Gonzalez, Mario Camelo Ramos, and Francisco Guarista are all board-certified bariatric surgeons trained in the latest weight loss surgery methods. Additionally, we offer: 

  • State-of-the-art surgical care
  • Affordable, transparent pricing
  • A safe, secure campus 

To learn more about our Tijuana practice, call us at (619) 313-3171, or request a quote online.

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