Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band

Commonly referred to as ‘gastric banding’, ‘lap band surgery’ or ‘gastric band surgery’, this weight loss procedure involves a minimally invasive operation where an adjustable band is inserted into the abdomen.

The procedure is performed laparoscopically, meaning that a series of small incisions are used (measuring between 0.5cm – 2.5cm in width) to position the band around the stomach. The Bariatric Surgeon uses a small camera to guide the instruments and ensure the device is installed in the right place. A few holding stitches are added to reduce the chance of slippage.

The entire procedure takes approximately 1 hour and it is performed under a general anaesthetic. The band itself is made from high grade medical silicon which is soft yet durable, so it’s comfortable and safe.

The gastric band works by slowing the transit of food through the stomach and thereby restricting the amount of food you are able to consume at one time. It prevents you from overeating and helps you to feel full quickly and for longer periods of time. The result is a gradual reduction in weight and the ability to better maintain your goal weight over the long term.

Probably the most appealing aspect of this type of weight loss surgery is the fact that the band is adjustable and the procedure is completely reversible. Your Doctor can change the level of restriction at any time or remove the device altogether if appropriate.

Patients undergoing this type of procedure usually recover very quickly. Most are back on their feet and drinking liquids a few hours after the operation. We generally keep our patients in hospital overnight for observation and most people report that they are back to their regular daily activities within a few days of the operation. In general, we do recommend that patients take at least 1 week off work to recover and get used to the band.

Patients considering this procedure should consider that the lap band is part of a much larger solution. You must be ready and willing to transform the way you eat. This involves for example, adopting better eating behaviours such as eating slowly and chewing well. New habits that will facilitate weight-loss in their own right.

With the lap band and a new approach to eating the average patient can expect to lose 56% of their excess weight, with weight loss maintained for at least 3 years.

Would you like to know more about gastric banding? Download a fact sheet here. Or, phone 07 5598 0955 and make an appointment with Dr Candice Silverman today. In your one-on-one consultation you will review the advantages, benefits and risks of this procedure and find out if lap band surgery is the right weight loss solution for you.