Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

What is the gastric band surgery?

This is a form of weight loss surgery where a special band that can be adjusted is placed around the stomach. This then reduces the volume of the stomach and in doing so makes you feel full sooner.

How is the band adjusted?

The band is attached to a piece of tubing which has a port on the end of it that is fixed to the abdominal wall below your skin. This is then filled with fluid or deflated after each consultation with your specialist.

How often do I need to see my specialist to get the gastric band adjusted?

This depends on how you are going with your nutritional intake and if you are reaching your targeted goals. Initially you would need to see your specialist every 4 weeks for at least the first 6 months. Once you have reached a point where you are getting consistent weight loss then the appointments can be stretched out further.

The gastric band is considered to have the lowest mortality risk compared to other common weight loss procedures (sleeve gastrectomy & gastric bypass) performed in Australia.

There is no dividing of any abdominal organs or performing an anastomosis reducing the risk of complications associated with this.

The gastric band procedure is completely reversible and can be removed with ‘key hole’ or laparoscopic surgery.

How long is the operating time for laparoscopic insertion of a gastric band?

The operating time is generally 30 mins -1 hour. This varies with a patient’s individual circumstances, which can include but are not limited to their BMI, previous surgery and medical co-morbidities.

During the 30-60 minute laparoscopic procedure, the LAP-BAND® is placed around the top of the stomach; this applies a constant, gentle pressure, and increases a feeling of satiety (a feeling of fullness) on a smaller amount of food, therefore patients eat less.

Attached to the LAP-BAND® is an access port. The access port sits beneath the skin on the abdomen, and allows the LAP-BAND® to be adjusted to the patients’ individual needs

How long is my hospital stay?

Most patients stay overnight and are discharged the following day. This can vary depending on your own medical co-morbidities and postoperative recovery.