Saline Health System Weight Loss Center

Lap Band

Lap band is a weight loss procedure that helps patients control their portions and lose weight.

Lap Band

Megan was ready to become a mother but she had something holding her back. Now 100 pounds lighter, Megan is the mother to a beautiful baby girl and is loving life!

After years of putting everyone else first, Kelli Dean decided it was time to put herself and her health first. "My life is totally different, I would have never been able to do what I can do now," - Kelli Dean.

Lap Band

Gastric lap band surgery involves placing an implant – a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon in the center – around the top part of the stomach. It creates a two-compartment stomach, with a much smaller top part above the band. This controls how much food can enter the stomach, allowing a person to only eat enough food to fill only the top part of the stomach. After a meal, the food passes through the opening of the band into the remainder of the stomach. Gastric lap band is a medical weight loss option that is usually considered for patients with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 with one or more obesity related issue such has diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure.


For patients who have the gastric lap band procedure, the weight loss support doesn’t stop after the surgery. In addition to support you will receive from our bariatric coordinator and dietician, you’ll also be invited to attend our weight loss support groups. These support groups are a way for our patients to continue learning about how to lose weight, and once you’ve lost the weight, how to maintain a healthy weight. At each weight loss support group, our team will present new techniques on how to change your lifestyle and form healthy habits. Weight loss support groups take place in Benton, Little Rock, El Dorado and Russellville. Click here to view support group locations and dates.

Natalie Meeks lost 160 pounds after a Lap Band procedure at Saline Weight Loss Center.

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