LAP-BAND San Diego

About The Gastric Banding Medical Center

The LAP-BAND® System procedure has been done in the U.S. since 2001. We have been established as a dedicated LAP-BAND® System center of excellence and we specialize in weight loss surgery and the performance of the LAP-BAND® System procedure.* Our physicians have specialized in weight control and have many years of experience in weight loss surgery. They are board certified and also LAP-BAND® System certified and they have performed numerous LAP-BAND® System procedures. Our practice is dedicated to helping patients achieve the weight loss they desire. *One of our goals is to make this procedure affordable and available to those who can benefit from the surgery. *Most people with a significant weight problem do not have long term weight loss success with conservative measures alone of diet, exercise, medications, and behavior modification. * But when a weight loss procedure such as the LAP-BAND® System is performed, the long term weight loss success increases dramatically.* The national average weight loss after LAP-BAND® System surgery is approximately 60% of excess weight after 5 years. * This is equivalent to gastric bypass surgery results. Some patients have even more than 60% excess weight loss. *

*Results may vary from person to person.

LAP-BAND® System procedures are performed as an outpatient at Ambulatory Care Surgical Center which is a State Licensed and Medicare certified surgical center. Ambulatory Care Surgical Center is also a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  The facility is centrally located to all of San Diego County. Ambulatory Care Surgery Center was the first outpatient surgical facility in San Diego County and also was one of the very first surgery centers in the entire United States. The center has been doing outpatient surgery including laparoscopic procedures since the 1970’s.

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Dr. Ronald L. Gertsch, M.D.
Medical Director
Gastric Banding Center

Doctor Resumes:

Medical Director

Ronald L.Gertsch M.D.

Dr. Ronald L. Gertsch, M.D. Click to download resume, PDF

Bariatric Surgeons

Jeffrey H. Gertsch M.D.

Dr. Michael Khalil, M.D.

Dr. M. Khalil, M.D., FACS  Click to download resume, PDF

Dr. Eufrocino Martinez

Dr. Eufrocino C. Martinez, M.D. Click to download resume, PDF