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Gastric Band Surgery (Lap-band) in Panama

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Panama performing Gastric Banding surgery (lap band surgery).

San Fernando Hospital

One of Panama’s largest hospitals, offering a wide range of medical specialties and fully equipped facilities. Clinica Hospital San Fernando was the first hospital in Panama to be accredited by the JCI.


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Gastric Band (Lapband)

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Clinica Chitrit

A surgical center specializing in laparoscopic methods for general, gastrointestinal and obesity treatment surgeries.

Listed bariatric surgeon:

Dr. Moisés Chitrit Amar

Obesity Surgeon


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Gastric Banding Surgery

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Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.

4 listed bariatric surgeons:

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Dr. Moises Chitrit

Bariatric Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr. Edgardo A.Saavedra

General Surgeon


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Gastric Band Surgery

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About Gastric Band Surgery

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Gastric Band Surgery?
Gastric band surgery (Lapband) is a weight loss procedure which reduces the capacity of the stomach so the patient can only eat small amounts of food. The gastric band is an inflatable balloon that creates an upper pouch in the stomach. The pouch fills quickly and enables the food to pass more slowly into the lower stomach and the digestive system.

How is the Gastric Band (Lapband) procedure carried out?
The gastric band is most commonly fitted using laparoscopic surgery:

  • The surgeon makes a number of small incisions in the abdomen and uses a laparoscope to guide the instruments to place the adjustable band around the top of the stomach.
  • The surgeon locks the band in place and closes the incisions with stitches.
  • Two months later, the balloon inside the gastric band is filled with saline through an injection site on the outside of your body to make the band tighter.
  • The amount of saline is adjusted over time depending on how much weight is lost.

Who is a suitable candidate for Gastric Band (Lapband) surgery?
Gastric band surgery is suitable for people who have tried other forms of weight loss without success.
According to the National Institutes of Health, if you are very overweight with a BMI of over 40, or you have a BMI between 35 and 40 and a weight-related medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you may be suitable for gastric band surgery.

What are the chances of success with Gastric band (Lapband) surgery?
Results vary with gastric banding. According to WebMD, lap- band surgery contributes to a weight loss of about 40 percent of excess weight, on average, per person.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Lapband surgery usually takes around one hour to co-mplete.

Days admitted : Lap-band surgery requires a one-night stay.

Anesthesia : General anesthesia

Recovery : Recovery after a gastric band surgery procedure takes around two weeks.

Risks : The mortality rate is quite low: only 1 in 2000.
Complications occur in approx. 10% of patients.
Potential complications include:
- Gastritis (irritated stomach tissue).
- Erosion: The band may slowly migrate through the stomach wall to the inside.
- Stomach Slippage: An unusual occurrence in which the lower part of the stomach may prolapse through the band causing an enlarged upper pouch.
- Malposition of the band: Which can cause a kink in the stomach.
- Psychological intolerance
- Internal bleeding
- Infection

After care : - Start with liquids for 24 hours and move onto eating very small amounts of food at each meal, chewing food slowly.
- You need to eat a healthy, sensible diet and get regular exercise in order for the gastric band surgery to work.
- Take over-the-counter pain killers to relieve discomfort.
- Do not drive, drink alcohol or operate machinery for 48 hours after gastric band surgery.
- You will receive adjustments, or “fills”, to the amount of saline fluid in the gastric band five or six times in the first year.

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