Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery on the Gold Coast
Also known as lap band surgery, a gastric band involves placing a band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. This restricts the intake of food to varying degrees depending on how much the band is filled. It is intended on providing a feeling of fullness. The band can be adjusted (increasing or decreasing the volume) to vary the amount of restriction of food entering the stomach.
After gastric band surgery we first fill the band about 2-3 weeks following surgery. We then monitor your eating ability and feeling of restriction and adjust the band every few weeks afterwards until an acceptable level is obtained. Every person varies on how frequent and for how long the band needs to be adjusted until a perfect level is achieved.
- Patients at high risk for other procedures.
- Patients who understand the commitment to band maintenance and eating habits.
It is critical to understand for patients undergoing this procedure that the gastric band needs regular attention for it to work properly. Achieving the correct amount of restriction is a fine-tuning process to maintain adequate weight loss without causing too much restriction and leading to problems and a poor quality of life. Lap banding requires you have to a life-long commitment to its maintenance.
The benefit of a band is that the stomach is not removed or stapled as with other weight loss procedures. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss the procedure with one of the most experienced lap band surgeons on the Gold Coast, Dr Free, when you come in for your consultation/s.
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For post-operative information and dietary instructions please click on the After Your Operation page.