A few years ago, Lap Band surgery was the most common bariatric operation performed in Australia. It has gradually declined in use due to high long-term revision surgery and complication rates.
However this procedure still plays a role for certain patients.
The procedure involves placing an adjustable silicon band which sits around the upper part of your stomach, forming a small pouch. This restricts the amount you can eat and produces early satiety.
A Gastric Band (commonly referred to as a lap-band) is a silicon-based device that is surgically placed around the top of the stomach. It is adjustable and can be configured to best suit each individual’s requirements.
It works by reducing the amount of food intake by causing the sensation of ‘feeling full’ to occur after smaller portions have been consumed. This is due to the device effectively shrinking the overall volume of the stomach.
Typically, a patient with a BMI of over 35 is an ideal candidate for a gastric band procedure, but this can be extended to patients with a BMI above 30 if certain conditions are met and the surgeon feels a gastric band procedure is the most appropriate solution. Check your BMI to see if you qualify for weight loss surgery.
This reduction of appetite is an effective weight loss solution through a combination of a healthy balanced diet and easy to moderate levels of exercise, depending on the health of the individual patient.