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Weight Loss Procedures


A proven long-term weight loss option1

What is a Lap-Band®?

The Lap-Band® procedure does not involve cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestines, unlike other surgical options. During the simple 30-45 minute procedure, the band is fastened around the upper stomach, applying a constant, gentle pressure which limits the amount of food you can eat.


In the same procedure, to control the size of the band, an access port is placed in the wall of the abdomen and is connected to the band by tubing. This port allows for the size of the band to be increased or decreased with fluid.

Lap-Band® with and without fluid.

The Lap-Band® applies a constant, gentle pressure to the upper stomach; this encourages a sense of satiety (a feeling of fullness), which means you eat less as you feel fuller sooner, for longer. With an optimally adjusted band, patients eat around a cup size of food per meal.

Cross section of Lap-Band® and upper stomach.

Patients can lose up to an average of 27kg of their excess weight in 12 months. What’s more, in a recent study for Obesity Research & Education showed maintained weight loss at 17 years.

Effective weight loss can lead to either complete control of – or improvement in – obesity related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnoea.

It’s important to understand the different options available and weather they suit your lifestyle & weight loss goals, as not everyone is eligible for a Lap-Band®. It is also important to understand the possible risks involved which will be discussed during your consultation.

It’s a good idea to give us a call or come in for a consultation, as we can discuss your needs further and ensure this procedure is right for you.

It’s best to talk to your GP or find a clinic to see if you’re eligible for a Lap-Band®. Some of the basic criteria include:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Your BMI has to be a minimum of 35 or it can be 30 and you have one or more obesity related diseases
  • You’ve been overweight or obese for the last fives years or more
  • Your previous weight loss hasn’t been successful
  • You’re not pregnant at the time of the procedure
  • You don’t have an excessive alcohol intake
  • Your excessive weight gain isn’t caused by an illness
  • You’re committed to making long-term life changes

Losing weight can reduce the severity of a number of obesity related illnesses. These include Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and depression among others. What’s more, your quality of life could improve too.

Most bariatric procedures are covered by private health insurance, but it’s best to check with your fund directly as costs can vary.

We can discuss costs with you during your consultation.

The good news is that Lap-Band® can significantly reduce the medical costs associated with obesity. What’s more, Lap-Band® patients found that within 4 years they had broke even financially. And those who had diabetes did it in 2.25 years.

When it comes to losing weight, there is a range of options to choose from. It’s important to think about what one could be right for you such as:

  • Non-surgical options such as eating less and exercising more
  • Gastric Banding Procedure
  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Plication

Yes there is. You’ll also be surround by a team of health professionals, such as your GP, surgeon, and nutritionist among others to help ensure your weight loss is a success.

Your weight loss journey follows four key stages:

  1. Plan
  2. Prepare
  3. Recover
  4. Review

At each stage, your team of health professionals will help monitor your weight loss to ensure you achieve the goal you have set yourself.

The success of having a Lap-Band® all comes down to you. For long-term weight loss, it’s not only about having the procedure. You’ll also need to be committed to following new dietary requirements, taking regular exercise and meeting your surgeon for adjustments as well as your other health professionals support team.

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  2. 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.
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