The LAP-BAND® System is a clinically proven tool to aid with long-term weight loss, and research has shown patients maintain an average excess weight loss of 47.1% at 15 years. Along with sustained weight loss, patients also see either improvement or complete control of obesity related diseases, including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, heart disease, asthma and hypertension, among others.
The procedure takes around 30-45 minutes and is performed laparoscopically. The LAP-BAND® is placed around the top of the stomach applying a constant, gentle pressure which in turn increases a feeling of satiety (a feeling of fullness) on a smaller amount of food. This mechanism means that patients feel full sooner, and are satisfied on less food consumption.
Attached to the LAP-BAND® is an access port, which sits beneath the skin on the abdomen; this allows the LAP-BAND® to be adjusted to each patients individual needs. The key to success with the LAP-BAND® is regular follow-up. Adjustments do not require any additional surgery, and are done in our clinic, usually taking only a few minutes.
- Gradual weight loss of around 0.5-1kg on a weekly basis, depending on metabolism and eating & exercise habits.
- Reversible procedure
- The LAP-BAND® System has been a proven tool for weight loss since 1994, with over 850,000 patients’ worldwide.
- No nutritional deficiencies from malabsorption.
- As the top of the stomach is partially obstructed by the band, patients may vomit with over eating.
- Patients still have their full stomach so continue to feel hungry and can ‘drink past a band’, thus can easily consume large volumes of soft and liquid food/fluids.
- Requires regular medical follow up to adjust the volume in the band to assist with weight loss.
- Complications- band slippage, band erosion, tubing and access port troubles.
- Lower average excess weight loss of approximately 45% compared to the gastric sleeve and bypass.
Kimberly lost 22kg with the LAP-BAND® System. Watch her story here
Jason lost 31kg with the LAP-BAND® System. Watch his story here
Melinda lost 133kg with the LAP-BAND® System. Watch her story here
Stephen lost 36kg with the LAP-BAND® System. Watch his story here
Mary-Anne lost 31kg with the LAP-BAND® System. Watch here story here
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