Single Incision Lap-Band


The AIBL Experience
  • Dr. Ganta pioneered the Single Incision Lap-band technique with belly button approach leaving no visible scars and was one of the first in the nation to perform this procedure.
  • Experienced Bariatric Surgeons from elsewhere in the country visit Dr. Ganta in Austin to learn the belly button approach.
  • Patients from as far as Seattle and Nashville seek Dr. Ganta's belly button Lap-band procedure with no visible scars.
The Procedure

Gastric banding for obesity is one of the most common bariatric procedure performed worldwide and is performed as an outpatient procedure.

The LAP-BAND®Adjustable Gastric Banding System or the REALIZE Band is a silicone band that is surgically placed around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the amount of food a patient can accommodate in the stomach.

The band has an inflatable balloon that is accessed via a port implanted under the skin on the abdomen. When the band is appropriately adjusted patients gain the ability to control portion size and realize long-term weight loss.

Standard Laparoscopic placement

Gastric band placement involves surgery and typically performed using the standard laparoscopic approach.

In the standard laparoscopic approach 5 or more small incisions are made on the upper abdomen the largest one being 1 ½ inches.

This approach is much better than the open surgery but still leaves visible scars and the associated healing.



Single incision belly button Lap Band Placement

Dr. Ganta's Approach

SILS is an advanced laparoscopic approach in which the surgeon operates exclusively through a single entry point instead of the typical five or more incisions. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery leaves the patient with less scarring and though not yet proven in scientific studies, has the potential for less post operative pain, quicker recovery time and reduced risk of wound site infections.

Dr. Ganta is believed to have performed the first trans-umbilical SILS LAP-BAND® procedure in the state of Texas without leaving any visible scars on the abdomen.

This remarkable new technique, pioneered by Dr. Ganta, involves complete navigation and placement of the LAP-BAND via the incision at the belly button and leaving no visible scars on the abdomen. The port is tunneled via the belly button incision into the standard location and secured in the standard fashion.

Dr. Ganta is one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to use this almost scarless approach for LAP-BAND® placement. This new technique of Trans-umbilical Gastric banding (TUGB) allows patients to have significantly improved cosmetic results and possibly less pain and a faster recovery.


All patients are not candidates for this approach. Results can vary and are not guaranteed even for patients determined to be candidates before the surgery.


About AIBL
Austin Institute of Bariatrics and Laparoscopy

A comprehensive practice specializing in Bariatric or Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) in Austin. AIBL serves Central Texas and South Texas areas including Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Temple, Killeen, Burnet, Waco, San Marcos, Kyle, San Antonio, Victoria and Corpus Christi. Dr Ganta performs laparoscopic bariatric surgery including Lapband or Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB), Gastric bypass (RNY), Duodenal switch (DS), Sleeve gastrectomy or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) or Gastric sleeve, Single incision surgeries, Stomaphyx and other revisions for failed weight loss surgery such as non adjustable gastric banding, Lap-band and older versions of gastric bypass. AIBL in Austin offers excellent value and financing options to all weight loss surgery cash pay patients in particular for Lap band and Gastric Sleeve procedures. AIBL also offers several diabetes surgery options for type 2 diabetes along with Morbid obesity or Severe Obesity.

11851 Jollyville Rd Suite 104
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 257-2425