Lap Band Weight Loss Surgery Sydney


The great volume of the stomach usually results in a greater appetite, more than the body requires. But as the stomach demands for a bigger proportion of food than the body needs, the unnecessary components of the food gets stored in the stomach, which causes obesity, a very unhealthy condition for living.

The Adjustable Gastric Band which is commonly known as the Lap band follows a procedure which inserts an inflatable band that is implanted in the upper portion of the stomach. This Lap band divides the stomach into two different parts the first of which is a smaller portion of the stomach above the Lap band and the remaining portion of the stomach below the Lap band. The smaller part becomes a small pouch which brings all the difference.

The process of this adjustment ensures that a great deal of physiological change in the body, which is quite evident. In this process, the adjustable device which is installed in the stomach affects the amount of food that an individual needs to consume. As the smaller pouch of the stomach is capable of holding a limited amount of food during the process of eating and before getting transferred further, the gut indicates a fulfilled feeling to the appetite when the right amount of food passes through. Although the fullness can vary from individual to individual depending upon the size of the smaller pouch and the area of the gap which is left open between the part above the lap band and the remaining stomach which is below the band.

Gastric banding can help adjusting the opened area between the two portions by filling it with the sterile saline, which can be easily injected through a port placed under the skin. This process can happen steadily by reducing the size of the opening over a period of time by re-adjusting the band from time to time or by using “fills.”

Studies have proven that gastric band surgery does not proceed by restricting the amount of food that an individual can consume for any meal, and neither does it mean that the laparoscopy band would interrupt any kind of emptying of the stomach.

The researchers show that this process allows the food to pass through the stomach swiftly than before any installation. There is no relation whatsoever of the

absence of hunger or the sensing of a satisfied but with the food that remains in the smaller pouch above the band.

Then what causes the real difference? The analysis of the process suggests that the stomach regularly absorbs the unused and unnecessary components. These components which should get digested grows into accumulated fats. This process is known as malabsorption. The AGB prevents any kind of accumulation. As the food is directed swiftly towards the digestive system, any kind of excess amount of unnecessary components is not stored in the stomach.

It does have a clinical impact on the hunger because the excess of food that body used to consume gets interrupted. This results in lessening a number of calories that the individual consumers on a daily basis.

How much Does Lap Band (Gastric  Banding) Surgery Cost?

In order to find out the exact cost of Lap Band Surgery, we recommend calling Dr. Jason Maani’s office to discuss your options. There are some cases that Gastric banding is covered by Medicare or your health insurance plan as well as other bariatric procedures.


● The division causes in lessening the volume of the first part of the stomach and therefore a lesser amount of food is consumed.

● Once the malabsorption of the excessive components stops, an individual is likely to lose 40 – 50 percent of their weight.

● The process does not involve any kind of surgery that would remove any part of the stomach or create a different pathway (Bypass) for the stomach and the digestive system.

● The surgery finishes the process quite speedily within a short span of time, usually less than 24 hours which ensures that the patients would not have to reside in the hospital for a longer period of time. There have been cases where the patients were discharged the very same day the surgery took place.

● As the procedure doesn’t involve any deductions physiologically it can be reversed. The band itself can also be adjusted according to the needs and requirements of the patient

● The chances of complications and mortality in this operation are minimal, as approved by the bariatric procedures.

● Unlike a few other bariatric surgical, the chances of suffering a loss of vitamin and mineral is the lowest in AGB


● This process takes more time than the other surgical procedures to show effective results in weight loss

● The percentage of patients losing as good as 50 percent of their excess body weight is not as frequent as it is in other surgical, compared to AGB.

● A foreign object is installed in the body and it remains there until the patient chooses to get it removed and henceforth canceling the process.

● It may cause a band slippage or band erosion into the stomach, but the chances are comparatively very low.

● It can also have reactions where the band, the tube or port faces mechanical problems, but the risk factor is minimal.

● It can consequent in dilation of the esophagus, only in cases where the patients overeat.

● As the foreign body remains inside, the process can only run stably if the patient adherence to the strict postoperative diet. And negligence in the postoperative follow-up visits can create hazardous situations for the patient.

● This process indulges with the highest rate of re-operation.

What is a lap band?

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band – more commonly referred to as a lap band or stomach band – is an inflatable silicone device that’s positioned around the top portion of the stomach during gastric lap band surgery.

Lap band procedures aim to treat obesity by helping patients decrease food consumption.

When should I consider lap band surgery?

If you are extremely overweight and have already tried to lose weight through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes, a trusted team of weight loss surgery experts may recommend lap band surgery. Sydney locals – as well as those living in NSW and across Australia – are typically considered eligible for gastric lap band surgery if they meet one of the following two criteria:

  • They have a BMI of over 40
  • They have a BMI of over 35 and have one or more obesity-related complications

How do I prepare for lap band surgery?

Preparing for stomach band surgery and other bariatric operations will require some lifestyle modifications.

Typically, you will be given a meal replacement plan leading up to surgery. You will also need to fast the night before. You should arrange to have someone pick you up from the practice after surgery, as you may not be fit to drive yourself. 

What happens during lap band surgery?

Lap band surgery – as well as lap band insertion and lap band removal surgery – is done under general anaesthetic. Therefore, you may have to stay under hospital care for one night.

A lap band procedure begins when the surgeon makes small incisions into the skin and muscle over your stomach. They then use keyhole surgery techniques to place the silicone stomach band over the top section of your stomach.

Finally, your surgeon will put a tube – also known as a port – under the skin of your belly. This connects to the band and allows saltwater to be added or removed.

If you’d like to learn more about how lap band weight loss procedures work, please learn more about us and book a consultation. We’d be happy to take you through the surgery step by step.

What can I expect after the procedure?

It’s normal to have a lot of questions about what to expect following the procedure. Just remember, your lifestyle may not go back to normal right away. Expect to only eat liquids and purees for a few weeks.

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What can go wrong?

Lap band procedures are considered safe. Potential risks include bleeding, infection, and damage to the stomach.

How long does it take to recover from lap band surgery?

Recovery from a gastric lap band surgery is typically quite fast. Most patients can return to work after one week, and to regular activity after six weeks.



  • Reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold
  • Induces excess weight loss of approximately 40 – 50 percent
  • Involves no cutting of the stomach or rerouting of the intestines
  • Requires a shorter hospital stay, usually less than 24 hours, with some centres discharging the patient the same day as surgery
  • Is reversible and adjustable
  • Has the lowest rate of early postoperative complications and mortality among the approved bariatric procedures
  • Has the lowest risk for vitamin/mineral deficiencies


  • Slower and less early weight loss than other surgical procedures
  • Greater percentage of patients failing to lose at least 50 percent of excess body weight compared to the other surgeries commonly performed
  • Requires a foreign device to remain in the body
  • Can result in possible band slippage or band erosion into the stomach in a          small percentage of patients
  • Can have mechanical problems with the band, tube or port in a small percentage of patients
  • Can result in dilation of the oesophagus if the patient overeats
  • Requires strict adherence to the postoperative diet and to postoperative follow-up visits
  • Highest rate of re-operation


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