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Do you struggle to lose weight? Would you like to take control of your health? You may be able to lose excess pounds with gastric banding.

Dr. A. Joseph Cribbins III has decades of experience providing safe, customizable, and effective weight loss with the LAP-BAND® system.

Learn how a visit to the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, can change your life for the better.

LAP Band Gastric Surgery

About LAP-BAND Surgery - How Does It Work?

Over 1,000,000 people worldwide have chosen the Lap-Band Program. Lap-Band is the least invasive of the weight-loss surgeries.

An Adjustable Silicone Band

LAP-BAND is short for laparoscopic adjustable gastric band. The device itself is an inflatable silicone band. During the procedure, the gastric band is placed around the top portion of the stomach, which helps reduce the size of the stomach. Food fills the upper stomach pouch and then proceeds to the rest of the stomach for normal digestion.

Restricting Calories

A smaller stomach pouch means you will feel full faster than usual. Reducing the sensation of hunger between meals can be an immense help in adopting a healthier diet. As a result, the gastric band reduces daily calorie consumption for safe, rapid loss of excess weight.

Patricia's Transformation 220 Pounds Lighter Thanks to LAP-BAND Surgery

Take the First Step Toward a Positive Change

Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge. LAP-BAND surgery can help you control feelings of hunger and limit your daily calorie intake. Dr. Cribbins can also adjust the gastric band when needed to help you achieve your long-term health and weight loss goals.  

Dr. Cribbins is also one of very few doctors in DFW with an in-house LAP-BAND fill program with a fluoroscopy machine (an imaging machine that shows a continuous X-ray image) for quick and easy band adjustments.

Dr. Cribbins has been in practice since 2001 and is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Board of Surgery
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • The American College of Surgeons (ACS)

If you would like to find out if gastric banding is right for you, contact our Plano, TX, practice online or call our office at:

(214) 501-1333

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"I Feel I Got My Life Back"



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This office and staff is so amazing who stood out to me the most was Kwyonnica. She was the first voice I heard when inquiring about this surgery and she was so kind and comforting. My doctor was Dr. Chen and he was absolutely amazing from the beginning to the end he made me and my family feel comfortable with my decision. He always made himself available even around the time he was having life altering situation, a beautiful baby boy. I think the baby brought me good luck my surgery was so smooth very minimal pain and I feel I got my life back. Thank you, thank you, thank you…..

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Abby G

Plano, TX


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My first appointment here with Dr. Chen I told him about the other 2 times I have tried to get this surgery and he said well this time we will get it done! And now my surgery is tomorrow and I cannot be more excited. When I first met Dr. Chen I knew he was the Dr for me. He is super nice, helpful and very cheerful! He listened and answered all of my questions/concerns. Explained my different options to me and helped me pick the surgery that I feel will work best for me. I highly recommend this place and Dr. Chen. The office staff are very helpful as well, they answered my questions and have kept me updated on the process. I couldn't be happier with this place!!

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Answering All Your Questions


There is a lot of misinformation about LAP-BAND surgery out there. During your visit to the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, Drs. Cribbins, Chen, and the team will be sure to provide detailed answers to any questions you have about gastric banding or any weight loss surgery.

Kawona's Transformation LAP-BAND Helped Her Lose 170 Pounds

Schedule a LAP-BAND Consultation

Gastric banding may be what you need to overcome weight issues and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life. Dr. Cribbins, Dr. Chen, and the staff are here to answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in LAP-BAND surgery, contact the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery online or call our Plano, TX, practice at:

(214) 501-1333

"Outstanding in every way! Communication, follow up, all of it…"

- Al Norman - 5 Star Google Review - 2023

LAP-BAND is an ultra-minimally invasive Da Vinci surgery that is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in less than an hour, with most patients returning home the same day. It is backed by over 25 years of clinical evidence.

The LAP-BAND Procedure What to Expect

One Operation Can Change Your Life
One Operation Can Change Your Life

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation at our office in Plano, Dr. Cribbins or Dr. Chen will discuss your health goals and assess your eligibility for LAP-BAND surgery. You can also discuss other bariatric surgery options so you can find a solution that's right for you.

General Anesthesia

The LAP-BAND procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. We work to ensure your comfort before, during, and after the surgical process.

Laparoscopic Surgery Incisions

Three to five small incisions are made around the abdominal area so we can properly use the Da Vinci Xi surgical system. The high-resolution images and computer-guided surgical tools allow Drs. Cribbins & Chen work precisely through these tiny incisions.

Placing the Band

The gastric band is placed through a small incision, and carefully positioned around the upper portion of the stomach. With a smaller upper pouch created in the stomach, the LAP-BAND is sutured so that it remains in place.

The Injection Port

The LAP-BAND is attached to a small tube. This tube allows a doctor to inject a safe saline solution that expands and adjusts the band. The injection port for the band is positioned under the skin, usually near the belly button. Rest assured that the injection port is not visible to others when your midriff is exposed.

Alanna's Transformation Losing 120 Pounds Remedied Her Fertility Issues

Life After LAP-BAND Surgery


The Post-Op Diet

In the first two weeks after LAP-BAND surgery, you will be on a liquid-only diet. In the third week after surgery, pureed foods can be eaten. In the fourth week, you can begin eating soft textured foods with no lumps. By weeks five and six, soft solid foods can be reintroduced into your diet, but they must be chewed thoroughly and savored.

Initial Weight Loss

In the first month or two after getting a LAP-BAND, you'll notice a dramatic reduction in your weight thanks to the post-op diet and reduced calorie consumption. The early rate of weight loss will slow down as your body adjusts to the changes in your dietary habits.

Long-Term Weight Loss

To achieve your long-term wellness goals after getting a LAP-BAND, you'll need to commit yourself to meaningful lifestyle changes. That means exercise, eating healthy, and other smart habits. It can be a lot of work, but Dr. Cribbins and his staff are here to lend our support.


After getting a LAP-BAND at the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery, patients can return to the practice for any necessary aftercare, maintenance, and adjustments. This will help ensure long-term health goals are reached, and that your LAP-BAND is always meeting your needs.

Dr. Cribbins, Dr. Chen, and nurse practitioner Mickey Patel will perform fills themselves. In fact, they have performed more than 10,000 gastric band fills in over 20 years. Our office has its own in-house fluoroscopy machine for fast and easy band adjustments.

Fills are affordable at just $250 and patients from other surgeons are welcome.

Dr. Patel, Dr. Cribbins, Dr. Chen, and Marty at a gala

LAP-BAND Fills Why Do I Need Them?


A LAP-BAND fill involves the injection of saline into the band. This adjusts the fit of the band and can improve the overall results of the weight loss surgery. During the first year, LAP-BAND patients may need three or more fills to find the right fit. After the first year, fills and adjustments are only needed about once or twice a year.

More Five-Star Reviews Advanced Bariatric Surgery in Plano, TX


Tonia H

Plano, TX


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Dr. Chen is amazing and truly cares about his patients. He is invested in your total health and treats you as an individual with specific needs. He is a rare gem in the medical field these days and clearly loves what he does. Highly recommended him and his staff.

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Carla Evans

Plano, TX


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Dr. Chen is simply amazing. He explains everything in plain terms. He’s very patient and supportive. I totally believe in myself because he believed in me. I highly recommend Dr. Chen for those complex bariatric surgeries.

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Texas Center for
Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery. They are affiliated with a number of national associations, including the:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Fellow American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)

To request a consultation, contact us online or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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