What is Gastric Band Surgery?

Gastric band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), is a surgical procedure that involves placing a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. This limits the amount of food the stomach can hold and slows down the passage of food to the lower part of the stomach and intestines, which leads to a feeling of fullness and a reduction in appetite.

The band is adjustable, which means it can be tightened or loosened to control the amount of food that can pass through the stomach. The procedure is minimally invasive, and it is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Patients who undergo gastric band surgery can expect to lose a significant amount of weight in the first year, but they will need to make lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity, to achieve long-term weight loss and maintain it.

How much weight will I lose following Gastric Band Surgery?

The amount of weight you can expect to lose following gastric band surgery can vary depending on a variety of factors, including your starting weight, overall health, and adherence to post-surgery dietary and lifestyle recommendations. However, on average, patients can expect to lose 40-60% of their excess weight in the first 2 years after surgery.

For example, if you are 100 pounds overweight, you may be able to lose 40-60 pounds within the first 2 years after the surgery. However, it’s important to note that weight loss can vary from person to person, and some people may experience more or less weight loss.

It’s also important to note that gastric band surgery is not a magic solution for weight loss, and it requires a commitment to healthy eating habits and regular exercise to achieve and maintain long-term weight loss. The team at Tonic will work with you to develop a personalised plan for post-surgery diet and exercise that meets your specific needs and goals.

How do I prepare for weight loss surgery?

Preparing for weight loss surgery requires both physical and emotional preparation. Here are some things you can do to prepare for weight loss surgery:

Follow the pre-surgery diet: Your surgeon will put you on a specific pre-surgery diet to help reduce the size of your liver, which makes the surgery safer and easier. It is important to follow this diet strictly to ensure the best possible outcome.

Get in shape: We understand this isn’t easy but getting in the best shape you can before your surgery can help reduce risks of complications and aid in your recovery. Ask your Tonic team or surgeon for advice on safe exercise routines that will help you get fitter before surgery.

Team Tonic resources: Your weight loss surgery experts are available to advise and support you throughout your journey. Make the most of this support and advice. Raise any queries and request as much information as you need as you prepare. Their expertise provides valuable information about the surgery itself, what to expect during your recovery, and how to maintain your weight loss after surgery to achieve your goals. 

Make lifestyle changes: Weight loss surgery is a tool, but it is not a magic solution. To achieve the best results, you will need to make permanent lifestyle changes. Start by incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine, such as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.

Address emotional issues: Weight loss surgery can be emotionally challenging, and it is important to address any emotional issues you may have before surgery. Draw upon the resources offered by Tonic and use their support groups to ask questions, discuss any concerns and prepare emotionally for the changes ahead.

Follow your surgeon’s instructions: Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.