It is very important that you feel completely comfortable with your lap band surgeon before you make the decision to move forward. The lap band system is not simply placed inside the body and then left alone. Every few months, a patient needs to visit their doctor to have “fills” or “adjustments” made to the band. This is because the band may become looser or because a patient may have hit a plateau in their weight-loss. The lapband is connected to a port located under the skin’s surface, which is injected with saline – causing the band to tighten around the stomach.
Should your insurance not cover the cost of lap band, you may want to consider paying for the treatment in cash. Lap band cost varies by clinic, but financing is available.