The LAP-BAND® System is an adjustable gastric band which is a tool to aid long-term weight loss; it works by inducing a feeling of satiety (a feeling of fullness), therefore patients feel full on a much smaller amount of food. The LAP-BAND® helps patients gradually lose weight without any stomach cutting or stapling, like some other bariatric surgeries.
The LAP-BAND®System has been a proven tool for weight loss since 1994, with over 850,000 procedures performed worldwide.
The LAP-BAND® System is a hollow band (medical prosthesis) that is placed around the upper part of the stomach, and works by applying a constant, gentle pressure to this area. This then sends a signal to the brain that the stomach is full on a smaller amount of food.
The gastric band is attached to an access port, and is inflated with saline (salt water solution) to be adjusted to the individual patients needs.
In most cases, the LAP-BAND® System is put into place during a laparoscopic procedure using general anaesthesia. The procedure is performed using long, thin instruments inserted through a few tiny incisions (usually 0.5 – 1.5 cm).
The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35, or a BMI greater than 30 with weight related co-morbidities such as sleep apnoea, type 2 diabates and hypertension, among others.
Fewer Risks and Side Effects
While the LAP-BAND System is less invasive and offers fewer risks than other surgical procedures, it’s important to note all surgical procedures have risks.
Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. We will discuss these further with you during your consultation.
BMI stands for “body mass index” and is used to determine whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height. A BMI below 18.5 is considered ‘underweight’ and a BMI of between 25 and 29.9 is considered “overweight”.
A healthy BMI sits within a range of 18.5 to 24.9
Mr. Jason Winnett is a reputed gastroenterologist in Melbourne and also specialises in gastric sleeve surgery, gastric band surgery, lap band surgery and more.