Gastric Band

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What is Gastric Banding and Lapband Surgery in Sydney?

Gastric Banding is a type of weight-loss surgery developed in the 1980s’ and is one of the main weight loss procedures performed at OClinic. (Click here to watch a real gastric band procedure.)

Gastric Band Surgery has been performed in Australia since 1992, and more than 60,000 Australian patients have benefited from it. Worldwide, it has been used in over 650,000 patients and has a long and proven track record for safety.

It is also highly effective, with the average Sydney OClinic patient losing 62% of their excess weight within 18 months. Many patients overcome the medical conditions associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetessleep apnoeajoint pain, and infertility, and therefore enjoy a much better quality of life.

One of the main reasons gastric band surgery is more popular than other forms of weight-loss surgery is because it can be reversed. Unlike other weight loss procedures, which involve permanently cutting and stapling the stomach, the gastric band can be removed at any time. Another advantage is that it does not lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

The gastric band is particularly effective in people who have excessive hunger and/or need big portions to feel satisfied. Patients who can lose weight quite easily with diets and exercise but struggle to keep it off tend to do very well with the gastric band, which helps end the yo-yo cycles and is more powerful than diets and exercise alone.

Proper clinic support is essential after the band- At OClinic in Sydney you will feel fully supported by an experienced and well-trained team to help you get the results you deserve. As you lose weight you will need your band size adjusted to maintain your hunger and portion control. You will need regular support from experienced dietitians so that blockages and other food problems can be avoided. Regular check-ups with your surgeon will allow any band issues to be picked up early and avoid corrective surgery.

How does the gastric banding work?

The gastric band allows you to eat much less but still enjoy your food and feel satisfied. It works by:

  • Reducing background hunger (satiety)
  • Allowing you to feel full with smaller meals (early satiation)
  • Preventing overeating (restriction).

The band is made from high grade medical silicon, a safe and inert material. It is placed around the top of the stomach by laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. The operation takes about one hour, and is performed under a general anaesthetic. Four very small (5mm) incisions are made on the upper abdomen, the Band is placed around the stomach, and a few holding stitches are placed around the band to keep it in the correct position (this reduces the chance of band slippage).

Next, an adjustable access-port is placed deep under the skin through one of the incisions and connected to the band by special tubing. (Remember, as there is no cutting or stapling involved, gastric banding can be reversed at any time.) The skin incisions are closed by absorbable sutures which are invisible and do not need to be removed.

Patients usually recover very quickly and are able to walk around the ward and drink liquids within a couple of hours of waking up. The procedure is even sometimes performed as day lapband surgery, although we like to keep our patients in hospital overnight.

We recommend taking one week off work to recover, but most patients usually feel well enough to do gentle day to day activities such as driving within a couple of days.

Data from our own experience shows that the average OClinic lapband surgery patient sheds 62% of their excess weight within 2 years (approximately 30-50kg is a typical average), and studies show that this is maintained long term. The majority is lost within the first 12 months. Well-motivated patients may lose more than the average- up to 100% of their excess weight. Regular participation in our Total Care program is the key. We view it as a partnership.

What is the difference between a Sleeve and Lapband Surgery?

Trying to work out whether a Sleeve or a Band is best for you can all be a bit confusing, especially with so many mixed stories out there! Click here to read objectively about the differences and to view the cost of the procedure. Still unsure- don’t worry- we will advise you when you meet with Dr Taylor after carefully going through your medical, dietary and weight loss history.