The LAP-BAND® System, a prosthetic device made from medical grade silicone is suitable for patients with a BMI of 35, or 30 with one or more obesity-related diseases who have around 20kg or more to lose. It is a minimally invasive, clinically proven tool to aid with long term weight loss, which does not require stapling, removing or re-routing of any part of the stomach.
During a 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 fullness on a smaller amount of food, therefore patients eat less.7 Paul E O’Brien. Mechanisms of Bariatric Surgery, 2010
Attached to the LAP-BAND® is an access port which sits beneath the skin on the abdomen, and allows the LAP-BAND® to be adjusted to the patients’ individual needs in the clinic without additional surgery, and only takes a few minutes.
The initial procedure requires an overnight stay in hospital, and recovery time is 1 - 2 weeks.
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 with either complete control or improvement in obesity related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, heart disease, asthma and hypertension, among others.1* 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; 257:87-94The LAP-BAND® is intended to be implanted as a long-term device, however if required it can be removed at any time.
*Disclaimer: results vary from person to person