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Lose Weight With Healthy Portion Control
If you feel you have exhausted every other option and even if weight is lost on a diet you find that weight is then regained, this procedure may be the solution you are looking for.
The Gastric Band is suitable for patients with a BMI of over 32kg/m2 All patients are considered for surgery on an individual basis, subject to clinical / surgeon assessment.
It can often be difficult to lose excess weight if you struggle to lower your portion size due to feeling hungry when following traditional diets, this procedure can help you break the cycle of yo yo dieting.
The LAP-BAND® limits the amount of food you can eat at one time, resulting in many benefits that can help you take control of your health and your life.
The gastric band is a tool to assist weight loss, which once adequately adjusted, allows patients to eat smaller portions and feel full. For successful results it needs to be combined with diet and physical activity as part of a lifestyle change.
WHY CHOOSE Lap-Band®
The ultimate reason to consider the LAP-BAND® System is that you want to transform your life. You want to be able to enjoy a morning bike ride, or go on a second honeymoon, or chase your kids around the garden. You just want to feel better, both physically and emotionally. But first, you have to lose the extra weight – safely and intelligently.
Significant Results in 1 Year
The LAP-BAND® is proven to provide an average of 46% excess weight lost at 1 year. It’s an effective way to lose weight gradually and keep it off long-term.
Minimally Invasive Procedure
The gastric band compresses the top of the stomach and causes certain nerve endings in the stomach wall to be stimulated. It tricks the brain into thinking your stomach is full so your appetite is permanently reduced.
On average, patients kept off 60% of their excess body weight after five years of having the LAP-BAND®. Most tend to lose about 6 inches off their waistline and hips.
Weight loss following the LAP-BAND® procedure has been shown to improve or resolve serious weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes and asthma.
The gastric band is a laparoscopic procedure performed with a general anaesthetic. You will have small incision sites on your torso, under your chest but above your tummy button. The incision size is slightly larger than the width of your thumb nail, so as long as you heal well, the scaring is minimal.
The gastric band is carefully placed and secured around the upper part of your stomach, the esophageal junction approximately 1 – 2 cm below where the oesophagus meets the stomach. This creates a small space above the band. The band compresses the top of the stomach which stimulates the nerve endings. This tricks the brain into thinking you are fuller than you are. The gastric band is adjustable via a port which is anchored to muscle under the skin.
Once the LAP-BAND® procedure is complete, it’s time for you to begin your recovery. Most patients can head home later that day, and are encouraged to keep sipping fluids and stay mobile but not to overdo it for the next few days.
Adjustments will be made to your gastric band to ensure maximum weight loss results, with the first adjustment usually occurring several weeks after surgery.
Feel Full Faster and Stay Full Longer
To prepare for surgery patients must follow a pre operative diet to shrink the liver, the duration of this is discussed at your consultation. A post operative diet is adhered to as part of the healing process.
By placing the Gastric Band at the top of the stomach this stimulates the nerve endings so patients feel fuller faster and fuller for longer . The key to successful weight loss is portion control
Following surgery you will feel sore, stiff and bruised. It is important to keep mobile for circulation and sip fluids to keep you hydrated. Most patients are ready to return to work after a week
Adjustments are a walk in walk out procedure that takes about 15 minutes. A needle is used to access the port to add or remove saline. Band fills increase the amount of food and caloric restriction
Gastric Band FAQs
Q: Does the gastric band stay in for life?
A: The gastric band is designed to stay in for life, however we only have 20 years of clinical data, so to manage patients expectations, we would advise that at 10 to 15 years post surgery, the band may need to be removed or replaced.
Q: Are there any restrictions after the surgery like driving or lifting?
A: Following any general anaesthetic we would advise no driving for 5 days post procedure as you may not be covered by insurance. At 5 days you should feel confident that you could slam your foot on the break pedal to make and emergency stop. Heavy lifting is to be avoided for approximately 10 days post-surgery. If you have a baby or young child you will need to take this into consideration after surgery as you may need someone to help you.
Q When is my first band fill?
A: The first band fill is from 5 to 6 weeks after surgery once you have completed the post operative diet as part of the healing process. Before the band is adjusted, (band fill) patients are carefully assessed prior to adding more fluid to the band (tightening) as the aim of the band is to reduce your appetite and portion size with textured foods, not completely restrict you.
Q: Can the Gastric Band be removed?
A: The Gastric Band can be removed, it is a reversible procedure; however, unless this is medically indicated it’s not recommended. This medical device is a control not a cure, if the band is removed it is highly likely that you will regain weight due to increased portion size. This procedure should not be considered as a short term option with a view to having the band removed. If you feel you don’t want a permanent procedure the Gastric Balloon would be a better option or if you felt you didn’t want a medical device long term, then the Gastric Sleeve would be recommended.
Q: Who is not a good candidate for Gastric Band surgery?
A: Patients with any of the following:
- Previous oesophageal surgery
- Fundoplication (treatment for gastro oesophageal reflux disease)
- Gastric Ulcers
- Oesophageal Dysmotility
- Some higher BMI’s
- Advanced Cancer
- Liver Disease
- Advanced Kidney Disease
- Abusing Alcohol or Drugs