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THE ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND - WHAT DOES THE SURGERY INVOLVE? Laparoscopic Gastric Band Surgery (Lap-band) The adjustable gastric band is the most popular form of weight loss surgery used across Europe and Australia. It is one of the least invasive approaches to obesity management because neither the stomach nor the intestine is cut. More than 150,000 successful Lap-band surgeries have been performed. Since the Lap-band is implantable using minimal-invasive (keyhole) techniques, patients who are extremely obese - with heightened surgical risks- benefit from the procedure.

A Safe Procedure

As a result of upper abdominal incisions not being necessary and the keyhole nature of the procedure, patient safety and comfort are maximised. The incidence of postoperative pain, wound-healing complications, wound infections, as well as incisional hernias are drastically reduced. A further cosmetic advantage of this procedure is the absence of scarring.

The absence of lasting modifications to the anatomy of the intestinal tract allows for relatively easy restoration to the original state by simply removing the band, which can be done using laparoscopic techniques in most cases.

How does the Gastric Band work?

The Lap-Band involves the placement of a hollow elastic band around the upper part of the stomach. The band divides your stomach into a small upper pouch (15cc) above the band and a larger pouch below the band (see diagram above). The band helps you to secure long-lasting weight loss by limiting the amount you can eat, reducing appetite and by slowing digestion.

Saline injections (known as band fills) adjust the size of the opening between the two parts of the stomach to regulate how much food passes from the upper to the lower stomach. During surgery the band is connected by a tube to a reservoir port placed beneath the skin. The surgeon uses this port to control the amount of saline in the band by piercing through the skin with a fine needle. This adjustability is a unique feature of the gastric band and is an important part of follow-up progress monitoring and treatment.

Lifestyle Change

After surgery, you will need to commit to changing your approach to eating. You will be asked to eat three meals a day at regular intervals with one planned snack, to chew your food very well and to swallow slowly. You must drink only none or low caloric beverages and wait several minutes between eating and drinking. In general, most patients find that they are unable to easily tolerate red meat and bread.

Our surgeon, Chris De Bruyne has an excellent 85% success rate in terms of patients losing 50% of their excess weight within the first six months. He has carried out over 5000 successful gastric band procedures, which is the most for any surgeon in Europe.