Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band has been performed in Australia, since 1994.
The gastric band is an inflatable silicone ring that is placed and secured around the upper part of the stomach via laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. The band applies a constant, gentle pressure to the top of the stomach; this mechanism slows the foods’ movement into the stomach, in turn giving the feeling of satiety (a sense of fullness) on a smaller amount of food.
The gastric band has a small port attached, that is placed internally in the abdomen. Fluid (saline) can then be inserted or removed to control the restriction of the band. These adjustments (or ‘band-fills’) are performed more frequently in the first year, and then usually on an as-needed basis.
The gradual, average weight loss expected with the Gastric Band is approximately 50% Excess Weight Loss (EWL) which is around 26kg. Although the Gastric Band can be removed, it is designed to be placed permanently.
Do you currently have a gastric band but require a revisional procedure? We can facilitate the removal of the gastric band and conversion to either an Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty or Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
Quick facts about Gastric Banding
- Keyhole approach means less scarring or wound problems than other surgical options
- Hospital stay of 1-2 nights
- Adjustable; by adding or removing fluid to the port
- Reversible; by removing fluid or the band.
- Long-term data (20 years) available
- Weight loss is gradual opposed to other procedures
- Lower major complication risk than other surgical options like Gastric Bypass
- Complications can include pouch dilatation, stomach obstruction, band slippage, and band/port leak, among others.