The LAP-BAND® System is a clinically proven tool to aid with long-term weight loss. Studies have shown an average excess weight loss of 47.1% maintained at 15 years,1 with either complete control or improvement in obesity related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, heart disease, asthma and hypertension, among others. 2-6
During the 30-45minute laparoscopic procedure, the LAP-BAND® is placed around the top of the stomach; this applies a constant, gentle pressure, and increases a feeling of satiety (a feeling of fullness) on a smaller amount of food, therefore patients eat less.7
Attached to the LAP-BAND® is an access port. The access port sits beneath the skin on the abdomen, and allows the LAP-BAND® to be adjusted to the patients’ individual needs. For optimal weight loss, we work with you on a regular basis to ensure you are in the ‘Green Zone’. These adjustments do not require any additional surgery, and are done in our clinic, usually taking only a few minutes.
Patients generally lose around 0.5-1kg on a weekly basis depending on their metabolism and eating & exercise habits, while a recent large Australian study from CORE, the Centre for Obesity Research & Education of Monash University, showed that patients maintained an excess weight loss of 47.1% long-term at 15 years.1*
The LAP-BAND® is intended to be implanted as a long-term device, however if required it can be removed at any time. It doesn’t require stapling, removing or re-routing any part of the stomach, which makes it a minimally invasive
Patients with a BMI of 35, or 30 with 1 or more obesity related diseases qualify for the procedure, which usually indicates around 20kg or more to lose.*
The LAP-BAND® System has been a proven tool for weight loss since 1994, with over 800,000 patients’ worldwide.8 It is a prosthetic device made from medical grade silicone which is used in many other medical devices such as hip prosthesis components.
The procedure requires an overnight stay in hospital, and recovery time is 1 - 2 weeks
O’Brien PE et al. Long-term outcomes after bariatric surgery: Fifteen-year follow-up of adjustable gastric banding and a systematic review of the bariatric surgical literature. Ann Surg 2013; 257:87-94
Dixon JB et al. Adjustable gastric banding and conventional therapy for type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2008;299(3):316-323
Dixon JB, Schachter LM, O’Brien PE. Sleep disturbance and obesity: changes following surgically induced weight loss. Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:102-106.
Dixon JB, Chapman L, O’Brien PE. Marked improvement in asthma after Lap-Band surgery for morbid obesity. Obes Surg. 1999;9:385-389.
Dixon JB, O’Brien PE. Gastroesophageal reflux in obesity: the effect of LAP-BAND placement. Obes Surg. 1999;9:527-531 .
Hutan Ashrafian CW et al. Effects of bariatric surgery on cardiovascular function. Circulation 2008;118:2091-2102
Paul E O’Brien. Mechanisms of Bariatric Surgery, 2010