Lap Band (Gastric Band) Cost in India – Procedure, Best Doctors & Hospitals

Posted on May 3rd, 2020 by Ganesh Gopakumar

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Cost of Lap Band in India

The cost of lap band procedure in India is USD 5500-6000.

The cost lap band procedure within India varies with:

Choice of Hospital

The overall costs can hike by huge margins across different tiers of hospitals. A premium hospital provides a luxury stay and care but it is also reflected in the bill. The cost of accommodation, treatment, and care are much higher in a premium hospital. 

Choice of City

The city in which you are choosing for your surgery has a great impact on the total cost. The accommodation, food, and travel add up to the total cost. The cost in tier 1 cities are much higher. So if you’re looking to save some bucks choose your city wisely. Medical care in metro cities is higher.

Days in hospital1
Days outside hospital5
Total days in India6

What is a Lap Band?

A laparoscopic adjustable lap band, commonly known as lap band or LAGB is an inflatable device made of silicone placed around the upper part of the stomach. It is used to treat obesity by decreasing food consumption. It is usually used for patients having a BMI above 40. It is also used for patients with BMI 35-40 who have other health conditions that can be made better with weight loss. 

The band is inflated using saline. When placed around the upper part of the stomach, it creates a lower stomach pouch. This helps in slowing down the consumption of food at one go. This thereby reduces appetite and the food is consumed slower. Thus, weight loss can be attained. The band is connected to a port kept under the skin of the abdomen, which can inflate and deflate the band by changing the amount of saline. 

 

Who is a good candidate for Lap Band?

Usually, obese patients having BMI above 40 are an ideal candidate for lap band. Patients who have a BMI of 35-40 are a good candidate if they have other conditions which can be treated using weight loss, such as:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • GERD
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic syndrome

Who is not fit for Lap Band?

  • Extremely obese patients having a BMI of 50+
  • Patients who are addicted to drugs and alcohol
  • Mentally unstable patients
  • Patients with gastrointestinal problems and ulcers
  • Patients with heart or lung issues have a high risk for surgery

Pre-procedure

  • Visit a doctor and have a physical examination.
  • He will check for your BMI, medical history, and all underlying medical conditions. 
  • You might need to stop certain drugs 2 weeks prior to the surgery. 

Procedure

  • You will be made to lie on the table.
  • Your blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels are constantly monitored. 
  • The patient will be under general anesthesia.
  • 3-5 small incisions, each about 1 inch is made on the abdominal region.
  • A camera attached instrument is inserted through one of the incisions, while surgical instruments through the other.
  • The band is thus placed using surgical instruments and set into position using sutures. 
  • The port used for adjusting the size of the band is placed in the abdominal wall and sutured.

Post-procedure

  • You will wake up in the recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. 
  • The doctor will prescribe certain medication controlling the pain.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for a few weeks after the surgery.
  • Take care of the sites of the incisions so that infections do not happen. 
  • Have frequent follow-ups to asses the progress.

 

Best hospitals in India for Lap Band

  1. Paras Hospitals
  2. Safdarjung Hospital
  3. Max Balaji Hospital
  4. Rockland Hospital
  5. Medanta – The Medicity
  6. Sukhda Hospital
  7. Bhatia Global Hospital
  8. Primus Super Speciality Hospital
  9. Dr. Malathi Manipal Hospital
  10. Fortis Obesity Surgery Clinic

Best doctors in India for Lap Band

  1. Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala
  2. Dr. Randeep Wadhawan
  3. Dr. Paritosh Gupta
  4. Dr. Ramen Goel
  5. Dr. Ajay Kumar Kriplani
  6. Dr. Pradeep Chowbey
  7. Dr. Ahsan Badar
  8. Dr. Mahendra Nawaria
  9. Dr. Sanjay Borude
  10. Dr. Vikas Singhal

FAQ

Is it possible to get down to the ideal body weight using a lap band?

Yes, it is absolutely possible to get down to your ideal weight using a lap band. Most of the patients lose weight really quickly and steadily.

Can I remove my lap band after I lose enough weight?

It possible to remove it but it is advised not to remove the band. It is supposed to be there indefinitely. Once removed you will start to feel immense hunger and you start eating a lot which will make you gain even more weight.

Will I have to remove my lap band if I become pregnant?

No, you do not need to remove the lap band if you become pregnant. The doctor will adjust the band according to the needs.

 


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