How does lap band surgery work?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

With so many Australians diagnosed as being obese and suffering both the health and social issues that goes with being obese, it is no wonder that so many are starting to realize that it is time to buckle up and lose the weight for good.

While for many it is just a case of increasing their exercise and reducing the amount they eat, there are thousands who need more support in order to get rid of the excess weight. This is where Dr Candice Silverman and her team can give you specialist advice regarding options like lap band surgery or gastric sleeve surgery.

Lap band surgery

Lap band surgery is used in those cases where a patient has run out of other options and opts to fight the obesity on a surgical level.

With lap band surgery, the surgeon uses a very small camera which is guided laparoscopically through small incisions, to insert the band correctly around the stomach. It is all performed under general anaesthecia and a few stitches may be inserted to ensure that the band does not slip and stays in place. The procedure  is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around an hour to perform.

How does lap band surgery work?

Lap band surgery works on the principle that you will lose weight if you eat less. The band restricts part of  your stomach which results in the patient eating less, thus resulting in weight loss. If weight loss isn’t satisfactory, the surgeon can adjust the level of restriction applied by the band on the stomach. If needed, the procedure can also be reversed.

However, it is not the band that causes the weight loss. Lap band surgery is merely a tool to assist the patient as part of a comprehensive weight loss program. Successful weight loss will depend on the patient adopting new eating patterns and reducing food intake while increasing exercise in order to lose the weight. If a patient adheres to the program the way it is set out, the average patient loses about 56% of their excess weight.

Gastric sleeve surgery

Where lap band surgery is reversable, gastric sleeve surgery is permanent. During gastric sleeve surgery, 80-90% of a patient’s stomach is removed. As in the case with lap band surgery, it is also done laparascopically and under general anaesthetic.

After gastric sleeve surgery, the stomach can only hold about 200ml. This makes it impossible for the patient to consume big meals, forcing them to only have 4 to 6 small meals per day and thus inducing tremendous weight loss. Most patients will lose 60-70% of their excess weight within 12 months after a gastric sleeve procedure.

If you are overweight and need help fighting your obesity, contact Dr Candice Silverman today for a private consultation.