Gastric Band Surgery


What is the Lapband (Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding) procedure?

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) is commonly known as the ‘lapband’ procedure. It involves placing a specially designed silicone ‘band’, or ring, around the top of the stomach. This band restricts the volume of the stomach by creating a small pouch. The pouch induces the feeling of fullness more quickly. The band is connected to a port (reservoir) which is placed underneath the skin. The band can be ‘adjusted’ by injecting water, using a special needle through the skin, into the port. The water flows into the band and tightens it. This further restricts the volume of the stomach. Similarly if the band is too tight, or restrictive, water can be removed from the reservoir to loosen the port. In this fashion the so called “green zone” or sweet spot is attained. The gastric band is placed via keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery.


What should I know about the lapband procedure?

The LAGB treatment of obesity is a lifetime process, not just a procedure. The number of adjustments required is varied from patient to patient, and also varies in an individual over the course of time.

Successful weight loss with a LAGB requires a significant amount of ‘maintenance’ and Dr O’Brien, one of the developers of the LAGB, has listed a number of rules you must follow to optimise success with the band:

1) Eat slowly and eat a small volume at each meal
2) Stop eating when you are no longer hungry
3) Eat three (3) or less meals each day
4) Do not eat anything between meals
5) Eat nutritious and healthy food high in protein and fibre
6) Do not drink any calorie-containing liquids
7) Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day
8) Take a vitamin supplement

Want to Know More?

To find out whether the gastric band procedure is right for you, speak to a qualified bariatric surgeon.