Gastric Band

(Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band)

The adjustable gastric band (known as lap banding) acts as a restrictive procedure. A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band, about the size of a golf ball and a large pouch below the band.

This creates an hour glass appearance and it functions by limiting the amount of food you can eat in order to feel full and also controls the rate food that is emptied out of the pouch into the rest of the stomach. This is at a slower rate than normal and therefore you should feel satisfied on smaller amounts of food and feel fuller for a longer period of time.

The gastric band can be tightened or loosened and will need adjusting from time to time. An adjustment reduces the size of the opening into the rest of the stomach below the band. This is done via the port (button like) which is connected to the band by a small thin tube that is positioned under the skin and fat. Please more that this is not visible.

Gastric band adjustments are relatively pain free and will be carried out by our own team of specialists until the suitable restriction for you is established. This can be different for every patient.

Patients typically lose 20% of their total body weight over a period of 12-18 months period and are back to work after 7-10 days. As the band is designed for slow continuous weight loss (1-2 pounds per week).

    Benefits of Gastric Band Surgery

  • LEAST INVASIVE SURGICAL OPTION
  • PATIENTS TYPICALLY LOSE 30-35% TOTAL BODY WEIGHT
  • NO INTESTINAL RE-ROUTING
  • NO CUTTING OR STAPLING OF THE STOMACH
  • SMALL INCISIONS AND MINIMAL SCARRING
  • SHORTER RECOVERY TIME & HOSPITAL STAY
  • ADJUSTABLE & INDIVIDUALISED
  • FEWER RISKS THAN GASTRIC BYPASS
  • REVERSIBLE

    Potential Risks*

  • BAND SLIPPAGE OR EROSION
  • INFECTION
  • ANAESTHETIC CONTRA INDICATIONS
  • PORT/TUBING
  • DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS (DVT) / PULMONARY EMBOLISM (PE)
  • WIND/CONSTIPATION
  • HAEMORRHAGE PROBLEMS

*As with any surgical procedures there are possible risks and complications including death. They are uncommon and everything possible will be done to prevent them from happening. Speak to your surgeon to discuss any concerns you may have.

Danni had a Gastric Band with Tonic. Watch her inspiring story below…

The operation takes approximately 45 mins and will require an overnight stay in hospital. Over eating and poor eating habits can cause nausea and vomiting. This may jeopardise your potential to maximise weight loss and may result in band slippage.