The Gastric band is an inflatable silicone ring that is placed around the top section of the stomach approximately 1-2cm below where the oesophagus meets the stomach.
This is a keyhole procedure carried out under a general anaesthetic, as a day case or an overnight stay and takes approximately 30-40 minutes.
Recovery from this procedure is a week.
The gastric band is a tool to assist weight loss, which once adequately adjusted, allows patients to eat smaller portions and feel full. For successful results it needs to be combined with diet and physical activity as part of a lifestyle change.
The ultimate reason to consider the LAP-BAND® System is that you want to transform your life. You want to be able to enjoy a morning bike ride, or go on a second honeymoon, or chase your kids around the yard. You just want to feel better, both physically and emotionally. But first, you have to lose the extra weight – safely and intelligently.
The LAP-BAND® is proven to provide an average of 65% excess weight lost at 1 year1. It’s an effective way to lose weight gradually and keep it off long-term.
The gastric band compresses the top of the stomach and causes certain nerve endings in the stomach wall to be stimulated. It ricks the brain into thinking your stomach is full so your appetite is permanently reduced.
On average, patients kept off 60% of their excess body weight after five years of having the LAP-BAND®. Most tend to lose about 6 inches off their waistline and hips.
Weight loss following the LAP-BAND® procedure has been shown to improve or resolve serious weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes and asthma.
The gastric band procedure is done laparoscopically, so only a few small incisions are made in the abdomen. The surgeon will navigate using a tiny camera, and operate using long, thin instruments.
The gastric band is carefully placed and secured around the upper part of your stomach, creating a small stomach pouch. The gastric band will be connected to an access port for adjustments.
Once the LAP-BAND® procedure is complete, it’s time for you to begin your recovery. Most patients can head home later that day, and are encouraged to communicate with their support team regularly.
Adjustments will be made to your gastric band to ensure maximum weight loss results, with the first adjustment usually occurring several weeks after surgery.