Gastric Banding Surgery
Laparoscopic gastric banding surgery is usually performed through small incisions in the tummy using a camera. This minimally invasive surgery usually results in less discomfort and time off. During the 30-45 minute procedure, a gastric band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a small pouch which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. In addition to the band, an access port, connected by tubing, is placed in the abdomen wall. This port allows for the size of the band to be increased or decreased with saline. The gastric banding surgery does not involve cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestines, providing the option to reverse the treatment.
Laparoscopic gastric banding surgery was first introduced to Australia in 1994. Since then, it has become the most widely used weight control procedure in the country. In 2010, 11,000 procedures were performed in Australia and 650,000 procedures have been performed worldwide.
We offer Stomach or Gastric Banding for an effective long term weight loss.
The gastric band requires follow up, if the band is not adjusted properly it will not do its job, we look at the as the gastric band as a ‘tool’ to aid in weight loss. Generally most patients will follow up for gastric band adjustments monthly for the first 12 months then progressively less thereafter, after the initial first 12 months most patients will know their gastric band better than themselves and will be able to tell if they require an adjustment; these could be little signs of looking for more food or meal size becoming larger.
Unfortunately the band can easily be ‘cheated’ with liquid calories and foods that will go through the band easily such as chocolate. Whilst the gastric band is very good at reducing hunger and allowing small meals to be satisfying, it relies more heavily on patients improving their dietary habits and lifestyle in order to achieve best results.
There are risks that come with the medications and the methods used in the surgical procedure and risks that come from how your body responds to any foreign object implanted in it.
And, as with any surgical procedure, other possible complications include internal bleeding, blood clots in the leg veins or lungs, and wound infection. Some patients who achieve a rapid weight loss may develop gall bladder disease and/or gall stones which may require another surgery to remove the gall bladder.