Questions About REALIZE Band Surgery 2017-08-24T11:25:40+00:00

Questions About REALIZE® Band Surgery

Q: What is the difference between REALIZE® Band surgery and LAP-BAND® surgery?

Both REALIZE® Band surgery and LAP-BAND® surgery are gastric banding weight loss surgery procedures that Dr. Shyam Dahiya performs via Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) using the state-of-the-art SPIDER® Surgical System. The REALIZE® Band is an alternative to the LAP-BAND® that is equally safe and effective, but the devices are slightly different. The REALIZE® Band is one-size-fits-all and uses a sutureless injection port to adjust the opening of the stomach pouch. The REALIZE® Band is physically wider than the LAP-BAND® and offers a wider range of adjustments.

Q: Of REALIZE® Band versus Roux-en-Y, which is the best weight loss surgery?

Your body is unique, and your obesity has a unique set of causes. Therefore, only a board-certified bariatric surgeon like Dr. Dahiya can help you decide which weight loss surgery is best for your needs and goals. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery sometimes generates greater potential weight loss than the REALIZE® Band.

However, REALIZE® Band surgery is reversible and does not alter the path of your digestive system, which reduces the risk of nutritional problems and other risks and complications of bariatric surgery. For more information on the risks and benefits of each type of bariatric surgery, come into our office in Lakewood, California for a weight loss surgery consultation with Dr. Dahiya.

Q: What results have Dr. Dahiya’s other patients had with REALIZE® Band surgery?

To see the amazing transformations our patients have achieved with REALIZE® Band surgery and other bariatric surgery procedures, check out our Bariatric Surgery Success Stories and our patients’ weight loss surgery before and after photos. REALIZE® Band surgery has helped many people overcome obesity, but remember that your weight loss surgery results depend on your dedication to following your post-surgery weight loss program for healthy diet and exercise.

Q: Where does Dr. Dahiya perform REALIZE® Band surgery?

Dr. Dahiya has hospital privileges at leading hospitals throughout the Los Angeles area, and has developed a reputation for excellence among these hospitals’ operating room personnel. In fact, hospital employees have frequently referred their own friends and family to Dr. Dahiya for bariatric surgery. The list of top-notch LA area medical facilities where Dr. Dahiya performs life-changing weight loss surgeries includes:

  • Tri-City Regional Medical Center (Hawaiian Gardens, CA)
  • Bellflower Medical Center
  • Lakewood Regional Hospital
  • Orange Coast Memorial Hospital (Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA)

Q: How much does REALIZE® Band surgery cost?

REALIZE® Band surgery to combat obesity is almost always considered medically necessary, and therefore covered by health insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. However, insurance companies sometimes require you to jump through certain hoops to get your bariatric surgery covered, so we will help you figure out what you need to do to get insurance coverage for your weight loss surgery. If you do not have insurance or have a high deductible, we also offer financing for weight loss surgery through CareCredit.

If you have more questions about REALIZE® Band surgery or any other weight loss surgery in the Los Angeles area, please contactDr. Dahiya to schedule a consultation at our office in Lakewood, near Riverside and Orange County, California.