Are you are tired of making excuses to yourself about your weight? Are you sick of feeling like you’ll never have the kind of life you want to live? If obesity is affecting your health and your quality of life, it’s time to start thinking about a real solution. Fads like the South Beach Diet and the HCG Diet are not a sustainable, healthy weight loss plan, and chances are you’ve tried motivating yourself to exercise before. Bariatric surgery is a real and permanent treatment for obesity, and the REALIZE® Band is a minimally invasive, adjustable weight loss surgery option that can help you break the vicious cycle of obesity.

Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery with the REALIZE® Band

If you know you could benefit from bariatric weight loss surgery, but are wary of having an irreversible operation like Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, REALIZE® Band surgery offers a much less invasive option. Our board-certified LA bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya performs REALIZE® Band surgery using the SPIDER® Surgical System for high-tech Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).

3d visualization of the REALIZE Band

Called the Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band (SAGB) outside the United States, the REALIZE® Band was approved by the FDA in 2007 after more than 20 years of successful use around the world. The REALIZE® Band is a popular alternative to the LAP-BAND®, another gastric banding device used for weight loss surgery in the US.

Advantages of the REALIZE® Band

Because they work in similar ways, the REALIZE® Band is often compared to LAP-BAND® surgery. The two are both considered equally safe and effective, but the REALIZE® Band does have a few features that differentiate it from the LAP-BAND® device, including:

  • A sutureless injection port (for adjustments after surgery) with a low profile for reduced pain and better concealment
  • Wider band designed to reduce the risk of slippage
  • High-volume, low-pressure balloon designed to be gentler on stomach tissue

Gastric banding procedures like REALIZE® Band surgery also have several important advantages over gastric bypass surgery, including:

  • REALIZE® Band surgery can be reversed if necessary.
  • REALIZE® Band surgery does not reroute the digestive system
  • REALIZE® Band has a lower risk of nutritional difficulties.

It is important to remember that no bariatric surgery can be truly effective unless you are committed to healthy eating and regular exercise. REALIZE® Band surgery can help you stick to smaller portions, which is very important and effective, but your ultimate success in reaching your goal weight depends on you.

That’s why we will help you every step of the way, answering your questions about REALIZE® Band surgery beforehand and providing one-on-one follow-up care for a year after surgery to help you stick to your post-surgery weight loss program.

The primary potential benefits of Single-Site da Vinci surgical system include:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal pain
  • Low blood loss
  • Fast recovery
  • Short hospital stay
  • High patient satisfaction

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient and procedure.

How the REALIZE® Band Works

If you’re wondering how the REALIZE® Band works, it’s really quite simple. The REALIZE® Band is gently secured around your stomach, then cinches around it to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. The pouch is connected by a very small opening to the lower stomach, so it fills up quickly, usually after you eat about half a cup of food. Once the pouch is full, it sends a signal to your brain that leaves you feeling satisfied after eating just a small portion. As a result, you can reduce your calorie intake and lose your excess pounds at a healthy rate of one or two per week.

REALIZE® Band Surgery Helps You Eat Less

Have you ever tried a new diet or portion control plan, but got frustrated with being hungry all the time? One of the problems that make it so difficult for people with obesity to lose weight is that your stomach has stretched out from eating too much. Since your brain doesn’t feel full until food reaches the top part of your stomach, your increased stomach capacity means you have to eat more and more to feel satisfied.

REALIZE® Band surgery solves this problem by drastically reducing your stomach capacity to less than 10% of its original size. The REALIZE® Band device creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach that empties very slowly into the rest of your stomach. As a result, you feel full after eating a very small portion and stay satisfied longer after each meal. After your weight loss surgery, Dr. Dahiya can adjust the REALIZE® Band easily through a sutureless port to allow more or less food to pass through if necessary.

REALIZE® Band Surgery Helps You Lose Weight

Controlling your portion size is much easier after REALIZE® Band Surgery, but no bariatric surgery can be effective without a serious commitment to healthy eating habits and regular exercise. The REALIZE® Band really can help you transform your body, but only after you make the decision to change your lifestyle. With less food entering your body, proper nutrition is crucial after bariatric surgery and exercise is still necessary to burn the calories you consume.

If you are seriously considering combating obesity with bariatric surgery, it’s because you know it’s time to do something about your weight. You want to live a longer, healthier life with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. You want to be able to run around with your kids and grandkids, and be a good role model as they grow up.

Whatever inspires you to make this life-saving change, we will encourage you along the way and reinforce your post-surgery weight loss program of diet and exercise with monthly one-on-one checkups for a year after your surgery. Dr. Dahiya will track your progress as our nutrition specialist Dr. Jose Mari-Elacion makes sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs.

Common Questions About the REALIZE® Band Surgery

Our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya will answer all your questions about REALIZE® Band surgery and help you decide if REALIZE® Band surgery is the best bariatric surgery option for you.

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.

Between 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.

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.

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)

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.

REALIZE® Band Surgery in Los Angeles, CA

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


johanna flores

so grateful for my doctor and his well coordinated staff! they have helped me change my lifestyle and Amelia is always a text away any question she has always been there!

Keith Baysic

Our family has been with Shyam Dahiya Medical Group since it's started and we cannot express our gratitude enough to all medical and non-medical staff of the clinic. Everyone is always happy to serve and always goes beyond and above especially when dealing with elderly members of our family. The efficiency of the doctors always save us trouble when it comes to proper care for my dad and grandmother. The professionalism of all its non-medical staff is way beyond our expectations and always make us want to come back. Thank you all for your service and Kudos for Shyam Dahiya MD family.

Chelsea Barcenas

Just saw Dr. Shyam Dahiya at his Lakewood office today for my Grandmothers' follow up visit after her surgery. I assumed that he would just tell us the basis of the results, but I was so impressed with the service and how he explained in detail the result of her exams. We are all very happy with the service we got from this office


Amazing people. So helpful. Love the way they have treated my mom and family. Truly grateful to entire staff.

Marvin S

We would like to give our special thanks to Dr.Dahiya and Ms. Amelia for doing extra miles to help our family. My mother felt their genuine care and respect as they helped and treated her. This medical group is highly recommended for people who are looking for family-oriented and highly hospitable care and services. We also would like to give thanks to the rest of their medical staff for being efficient and always ready to help us out.

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