Lap Band/Realize Band

Both the LAP-BAND® and REALIZE-BAND® are Gastric Bands for weight loss surgery. They are made by different manufacturers, but work essentially the same way. The gastric-band is inserted laparoscopically using tiny skin incisions. It’s wrapped around the top part of the stomach and secured in place with stitches, essentially creating a small stomach pouch above the band and a larger stomach below it. The band limits the amount of food you can eat, causing fullness after a small portion, thereby causing weight loss. There is also a port attached to the band, which is placed under the skin on the abdomen. This port is about the size of 5 quarters glued together. The port has a rubber seal on it and is used by the surgeon to inject small amounts of saline into the band. These band fills are done in the office in less than a minute. As saline is added, the band feels tighter and allows the patient to fill full with lesser amount of food. Most people need about 4-5 fills the first year to achieve adequate tightness.

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Although the band is removable, it’s not really made to be placed temporarily. If removed, the stomach goes back to its normal size and it takes a lot more food to feel full. If the band is removed, most patients regain a large amount of their weight.

If you are interested in Lap-Band® or Realize-Band®, feel free to ask Dr. Mehta about your options; as well as the expected weight loss in your particular situation.

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We accept all major insurances if you have appropriate benefits, offer financing, and can email you our specials, for those who choose to self-pay.

Testimonials

  • Dr. Mehta gave me the tools to work with and for that I’m thankful. I’m always telling people about Dr. Mehta and how he helped change my life.*

    Laura S.
  • I have never felt better physically, emotionally and spiritually in my LIFE! I have made a commitment to myself to live a healthier lifestyle and Dr. Mehta has helped in this decision and choice. Down 80 lbs with the lap band.*

    Dawn B.
  • I chose Dr. Mehta because he came highly recommended by my gastrointestinal doctor. Before surgery my maximum weight was 338 lbs. My current weight, one year post-op is 205 lbs. I had no trouble getting an appointment with Dr. Mehta’s office and I found the staff to be kind and very informative and supportive. Dr. Mehta answered all of my questions thoroughly and was very attentive when I developed post op complications. I have not taken advantage of the support staff in place, but I know they’re available should I need them. I would highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center to anyone considering bariatric surgery. It has made a tremendous impact on my life.*

    Darlene G. Hillsborough, NJ
  • Dr. Mehta and his staff (especially Lulu) are great!! Dr. Mehta has a great bedside manner and takes the time to talk to you and answer any and all questions that you may have. My situation was different than most. I had an old gastric banding placed in back in 1985. My surgery was performed by a surgeon who no longer practices. The banding had gone bad and eroded through my stomach causing a lot of pain. I had gone to many doctors and finally met Dr. Mehta who decided to help me by performing corrective surgery to remove the band and perform the new gastric bypass. I was back up to 225 lbs and I am now down to 140 lbs. My husband met with Dr. Mehta while he was in the hospital and liked his manners and asked me to call him. I had no problem getting an appointment and he explained everything I needed to know. I had the surgery and I am now feeling great and no longer in pain. I love Dr. Mehta and his staff. I felt I made a great choice and I am glad he took my case on and helped me out.*

    Colleen V. Flemington, NJ
  • I heard about Dr. Mehta through my mother. I felt very comfortable around him. At our first meeting, Dr. Mehta explained the procedure and all risks with me. The staff that Dr. Mehta has is very friendly and helpful with all your questions. I felt like Lulu was a personal friend of mine. Before my surgery, I weighed 237 lbs now I am weighing 145 lbs. I feel great!! I have not been able to utilize the Mehta Bariatric Center’s after care program because of where I live, in Delaware. If I lived closer, I wouldn’t hesitate to utilize it. I highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center.*

    Deana C. Newark, NJ